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 Imagine. Imagine if the world was like this. Shane: Our guests tonight are Dr Doug Hill and Dr Sean Connelly, both of Otago University Geography.  Sean has been on the show before so I’ll skip straight to Doug Hill. He got his BA at Australian National University and his PhD at Curtin University, […]

If you take climate change seriously, you also have to discuss how to transform society, not just industry but also transforming life in society so that it will keep providing welfare.

Staffan Laestadius is Professor of Industrial Dynamics. He says his work starts where Climate Change research finishes. He tells us how industrial and […]

If you come back a year later and they’ve got recycling in the office rather than looking at the main process, that’s a sign that they are not really buying it.

Dr Henrik Ny is a researcher and Sessional Instructor at Blekinge Institute of Technology. His research interests include ecological economics and sustainable product […]

The extravagant users…if they are getting the same utility as the lowest users – having the same sorts of experiences, then why do they need all these things?

Oliver Bates is a PhD candidate at the Lancaster University School of Computing and Communications. Oliver’s research focuses on understanding energy impacts in the home for […]

An intuition of  what is a kilowatt hour..it’s a fundamental thing about our society that you need to know now.  And people’s intuition tends to be stunningly bad.

Dr Robert Brewer  is a postdoctoral researcher on the EcoSense and Virtual Power Plant for Smart Grid Ready Buildings and Customers(VPP4) projects in theComputer Science department of Aarhus University in Denmark, […]

  As a society we are currently at 14% energy efficiency – most of what we use we waste.  This is the major barrier to development.

John A. “Skip” Laitner is a resource economist. He currently leads a team of consultants ‘Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates’ based in Tucson, Arizona. He was a […]

 

I’m only interested in things that drive structural change – that’s what motivates me. Nick Gerristen describes himself as a “catalyst and social entrepreneur”.  He is a lawyer with a significant portfolio in green-technology: www.crispstart.com www.aquaflowgroup.com  – Biofuels www.carbonscape.com – charcoal www.celsias.com/ and www.celsias.co.nz/  – climate change website www.ponoko.com/ – digital fabrication www.loomio.org/ […]

Neville Auton is Energy Manager at the Dunedin City Council.  Neville works an ‘internal consultant’ within the Council, helping managers of the various business units to identify energy savings.  He talks about the huge reduction in impacts already being realised and the potential for more savings without affecting services to the city’s citizens. Shane’s […]

Jeannette Fitzsimons in a wide ranging interview talks about lignite mining, her current tour with James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute, why politicians are not moving on climate change issues, her view of what an activist is and life after being an MP. Shane’s number of the week: 50% – the UK govt. has […]

Energy Cultures – do they exist, how would we find out what they are and how can we change them? We talk with Paul Thorsnes, Maria Ioannou and Daniel Gnoth about this new area of research. The three-year Energy Cultures research project has recently begun. Based at CSAFE (Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food […]

Tim Bishop trained as an engineer, worked in the electric car industry, and now works for Otago Polytechnic.  In that role he led Shac: The Sustainable Habitat Challenge.   In 2011 he is part of the Regeneration crew, touring New Zealand both energising and learning from local sustainability initiatives. Shane’s number of the week: 262 […]

Brian Burns asks “if we were to ride into ‘Ecoville’ late one night – how would we recognise it, and would he like to live there?”.   Brian describes his experiences when he set his University of  Carleton Industrial Design students off to explore Ecoville. Shane’s number of the week: 3,000,000,000    The contribution […]