Capital, the State and Climate Change in Aotearoa

Capital, the State and Climate Change in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Stasis in Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate change policy is increasingly a flashpoint in a broader conversation about the role of the agricultural sector in the country’s economy and society. This project seeks to add depth to this conversation by historicising agricultural capital, with a focus on theorisation of the state and the valuation of non-human nature in agriculture’s mode of production. Successive governments’ and agricultural capital’s ‘inaction’ on climate change may then be understood within the framework of global political economy and the historical specificity of New Zealand’s political economy – meaning that barriers to alternative paths forward for climate change action are laid bare and strategies for overcoming these can be explored.

This project is being led by Anna Sturman, a PhD Candidate with the Sydney Environment Institute.