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Trade Union Pathways to Low Carbon Transitions in Yorkshire and Humber 

This PhD will explore the pathways and barriers for trade union participation in effecting just transition to low carbon emissions in energy-intensive industries in the Yorkshire and Humber region. It will use an Action Research approach, grounded in existing relationships with key trade unions, and will contribute to interdisciplinary knowledge within the field of the Realising Just Cities programme.

Project members

  • Jenny Patient

    Jenny’s PhD proposal aims to engage trade unions around climate change. Making connections through the fringe programme around COP21 in Paris led to conversations with trade unions in energy-intensive industries, such as steel, glass and cement, that underpin the cities of Leeds, Hull and Sheffield. Jenny will look to develop knowledge that can help trade unions play their full role towards an energy transition that brings both sustainability and justice.

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Beth Perry

Professor Beth Perry is the Director of the Sheffield Manchester Local Interaction Platform for Mistra Urban Futures.

Stephen Connelly

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning. His research interests are in the governance of sustainable development, and questions about the legitimacy of different kinds of knowledge in policy making. He has a professional and activist background in community adult education and development, both in the UK and in the global South.