Prof Peter North

Professor of Alternative Economies Geography and Planning


    Personal Statement

    Pete North is Professor of Alternative Economies. He gained his BA in History and Politics in 1984. After a few years working for the Departments of Employment, Trade and Industry, and Environment, he gained his MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (1993) and his PhD from the School for Advanced Urban Studies at the University of Bristol (1997). He was a post-doctoral Research Associate on a project on Local Business Representation in Local Economic Development at the University of Sheffield (1996-7). Between 1997 and 2002 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Local Economy Policy Unit at South Bank University. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2002. His research focuses on: (1) Low carbon transitions at the city and community level, especially processes of policy formation and partnership working between the public, private and community sectors around strategies for local economic development within an overall framework of resource constraint, climate change and economic crisis; (2) the politics of climate change and ecologically-focused social movements engaged in struggles about the implications of anthropogenic climate change and resource constraints for both humans and the wider ecosystems upon which we depend; and, (3) using micropolitical and ‘economic alterity’ frameworks, the social and solidarity economies as tools for constructing and rethinking alternative geographies of money, entrepreneurship, and livelihoods. His recent research focuses on left wing and green values in contemporary Poland.

    Personal Distinctions

    • A city of hope? Towards Social and Solidarity Economies. Liverpool Annual Justice and Peace Memorial Lecture (Invitation to Speak, Liverpool Peace and Justice Commission 2018)
    • Towards Social, Solidarity and Antagonistic Urban Economies (Invitation to Speak, Stadssalonsurbains, organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and The Brussels Academy, Brussels, Belgium, 2017)
    • War Stories: morality, curiosity, enthusiasm and commitment as facilitators of SME owners’ engagement in low carbon transitions’ (Invitation to Speak, Department of Geography, Kings College, University of London 2017)
    • Towards social and solidarity economies (Invitation to Speak, Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) research group, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia 2016)
    • Alternative currencies: what we know about what works, and why (Keynote Speech, ANU College on Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 2016)
    • Dignity and prosperity for the Anthropocene: towards social and solidarity economies (Invitation to Speak, University of Luxemboug 2016)
    • Can the transition to sustainability be locally-led? (Invitation to Speak, TESS (Towards European Societal Sustainability) conference, Edinburgh 2015)
    • Alternative Currencies (Invitation to Speak, University of Newcastle 2014)
    • War Stories: morality, curiosity, enthusiasm and commitment as facilitators of SME owners’ engagement in low carbon transitions’ (Invitation to Speak, University of Leicester 2014)
    • Low Carbon Livelihoods, the social and solidarity economies: an alternative economies perspective' (Invitation to Speak, British Academy in East Africa/University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya 2013)

    Administrative Roles

    • I am director of Post Graduate Studies, and Course Director for the MA and MA (Research Methodologies) in Geographies of Globalisation and Development

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