Book launch – Heat, Greed and Human Need by Professor Ian Gough FAcSS, 8 Nov

10 October 2017

Professor Ian Gough, Visiting Professor, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, and Associate, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, presents his new book (Edward Elgar 2017)

HEAT, GREED AND HUMAN NEED: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing

Wednesday November 8th at 6.30-8.00 pm followed by a wine reception

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Twitter hashtag: #HeatGreedHumanNeed

Venue: Shaw Library at the LSE (campus map here)
Chair: Professor Dame Judith Rees, Vice-chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE

Discussant: Kate Raworth, Oxford University Environmental Change Institute; author of Doughnut Economics

This book builds an essential bridge between climate change and social policy. Combining ethics and human need theory with political economy and climate science, it offers a long-term, interdisciplinary analysis of the prospects for sustainable development and social justice. Beyond ‘green growth’ (which assumes an unprecedented rise in the emissions efficiency of production) it envisages two further policy stages vital for rich countries: a progressive ‘recomposition’ of consumption, and a post-growth ceiling on demand.


‘There are few scholarly books about climate change that take the issue of the distribution of its costs, and of the costs and benefits of its mitigation, as seriously as their absolute value. This is probably the best of those books that I have come across. Highly recommended.’
– Paul Ekins, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, UK

‘Gough applies his trademark scholarship on universal human needs to the urgent question of social policy for the transition to a de-carbonised world.’
– Juliet B. Schor, Boston College, US

‘Ian Gough has done something no one else has yet achieved. He has brought together theoretical and empirical analysis in four different fields – economy, ecology, social policy and politics – to produce a coherent and convincing analysis of why climate change is occurring, its human and social consequences, and how it can be addressed. This is a very important book.’
– Michael Jacobs, University College London, UK

‘Ian Gough has hit the sweet spot. He has shown us how it is possible to reduce inequality, satisfy human needs in culturally diverse ways and reduce the risks of dangerous climate change.’

– Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne, Australia

‘A profoundly original intervention in the ongoing debate about climate change.  Sustainable wellbeing is his guiding principle.’
– Anthony Giddens, Member of the House of Lords and former Director of the LSE, UK