The Age of Self Deception – A Reflection on 16 Years of Transport Politics

Date: 15 December 2021
Venue: Room 2B020, Frenchay Campus
Venue Location: https://www.uwe.ac.uk/life/campus-and-facilities/frenchay-campus/frenchay-campus-map
Time: 16:30-18:30


At the end of this year Steve Melia will retire after 16 years of researching, teaching and writing about transport and sustainability.

Over that time he has advised government departments, local authorities, political parties and the UK Climate Assembly. He has also been arrested four times at protests over climate change. In this talk he will draw lessons from his involvement in controversial transport issues, starting with the Eco-towns programme in 2008 and finishing with COP26 in Glasgow. One of his surprising conclusions is that “we are all practising self-deception”. That is not necessarily a bad thing; it may even be necessary in some circumstances, but as practised by politicians over climate change it is threatening our survival.

The event will begin with tea, coffee and networking at 16:30 in Room 2B061. Professor John Parkin will chair the talk, which will start at 17:00 in Room 2B020 with the option to continue to a local pub afterwards.

Registration essential - please sign up for this event via Gecko.

Cost: Free
Contact: Steve Melia
E-mail: Steve.melia@uwe.ac.uk

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