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Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society

Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing

  • Ernest Garcia
  • Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias
  • Peadar Kirby
  • Represents a major contribution to debates about society, the environment and climate change

  • Provides a framework for understanding and managing the transition to a post-carbon world

  • Contains a range of case studies on social projects and experiments that are leading the way


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Transition

  3. Rethinking Austerity

  4. Case Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-285

About this book


This book deals with one of the most pressing social and environmental issues that we face today. The transition to a post-carbon society, in which the consumption of fossil fuels falls over time, has become an inevitability due to 
the need to prevent catastrophic climate change, the increasing cost and scarcity of energy, and complex combinations of both of these factors. As the authors point out, this will not only entail political adjustments and the replacement of some technologies by others, but will be accompanied by social and cultural changes that bring about substantial modifications in our societies and ways of life. This book examines whether the current conditions, which date back to the crisis that began in 2007, favour a benign and smooth transition or will make it more difficult and prone to conflict. It argues that, even if this transformation is unavoidable, the directions it will take and the resulting social forms are much less certain. There will be many post-carbon societies, the authors conclude, and any number of routes to social change. Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society therefore represents a significant contribution to global debates on the environment, and is vital reading for academics, policymakers, business leaders, NGOs and the general public alike.


Climate change Consumption Lifestyles Urbanization Models Social projects Environmental sociology Anthropology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ernest Garcia
    • 1
  • Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias
    • 2
  • Peadar Kirby
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.University of ValenciaSpain
  3. 3.University of LimerickIreland

About the editors

Ernest Garcia is Professor of Sociology at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias is a Research Technician at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Peadar Kirby is Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

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