Climate and development: A tale of two crises

By Peter Newell on 21 March 2019

The project of development is very much implicated in the production of climate change, as well as how it has been managed to date. But can the development sector also help to bring about the sorts of transformations now required to prevent climate chaos?

This Sussex Development Lecture was presented at the Institute of Development Studies on the 14th March 2019. It looks at the intertwined histories of development and climate change and argues that only a very different approach to development can help to address the climate crisis we currently face.

It is part of the Sussex Development Lecture series: Achieving the SDGs: Synergies and Tensions.



Peter Newell

Peter Newell is Research Director of the Rapid Transition Alliance. He is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on the political economy of low carbon energy transitions and global climate change politics. He is currently an ISRF Political Economy Research Fellow and is on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace UK and Carbon Market Watch in Brussels. His books include Climate for Change, Governing Climate Change, Climate Capitalism and The Politics of Green Transformations.