While there is some scholarship in organization and management studies on forms of environmental activism, it is normally positioned by our colleagues in the outside of organisations. That is, activism (for a better world, for a better environment, for more radical climate action) is normally seen as happening ‘out there’, even ‘on the streets’, whereas organisational life is reserved for workplace-type struggles, such as pay and conditions or equality and identity. It is urgent, this paper argues, to reconfigure the concept of ‘activism’ to also include what people do – perhaps as ‘tempered radicals’ – inside (big) organisations, such as corporations and public service organisations – to make a difference socially and environmentally. Particularly in times of crisis (climate, ecological, economic, health or otherwise), it’s important to value people’s activism wherever that might be happening. Part of this talk will be a reflection of mine on my own activism inside my university and in my region (Cornwall) to make a difference there.
Steffen Böhm is Professor in Organisation & Sustainability at University of Exeter Business School, UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick, and is a Fellow at the Royal Society. His research focuses on the political economy & ecology of the sustainability transition. He has published five books: Repositioning Organization Theory (Palgrave), Against Automobility (Wiley-Blackwell), Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets (Mayfly), and The Atmosphere Business (Mayfly), and Ecocultures: Blueprints for Sustainable Communities (Routledge). The book Climate Activism (with Annika Skoglund) is forthcoming with Cambridge.
Other Info: This is an online event. All registered participants will recieve a link to the talk when registration closes at 13.00 on Monday 15th June.