Calum McGeown

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PhD thesis title: Green Republicanism, the State and the Planetary Crisis: A Critical Analysis of the Post-Growth, Post-Carbon State


My doctoral research focuses on green politics and political economy approaches to building a theory of the post-growth, post-carbon state. In opposition to techno-optimistic ‘green growth’ narratives favouring the pursuit of climate stability and ecological sustainability under capitalism, this project draws from developing literatures in green republicanism, post-growth politics and political economy and radical social movements in theorising an emancipatory, transformative alternative to the economic growth-oriented liberal-capitalist state. In doing so, it centres on issues of climate breakdown, capitalism, social justice, democratisation, post-productivism and theories of social transformation.


I was engaged as a teaching assistant at Queen's, working on a first-year undergraduate spring semester (2021) module entitled Issues in Contemporary Politics.


I am a member of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) and acting representative for PhD students on the Centre's management team.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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