Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

NB This blog post was first published on openDemocracy, as part of the openMovements series (29 July 2018). The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions...

Interview: Stansted 15, Direct Action and Legal Repression

On 10th December 15 anti-deportation activists were convicted under anti-terror legislation for their peaceful direct action at Stansted airport. Graeme Hayes observed the whole trial as part of a wider research project on disobedience, direct action and trials of...

Uber and the corporate capture of e-petitions

Steve Andrews looks at a profit-making petition platform’s questionable relationship with the cab company. This blog post was originally published by Red Pepper in October, 2017. Re-posted by kind permission. ‘As an open platform, anyone can use our platform no...

Hamburg G20 protests and alternative futures

NB This blog post was first published on openDemocracy, as part of the openmovements series. On July 8, 2017, the last day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, an estimated 76,000 people came together under the motto of ‘solidarity without borders instead of G20’ and marked...

Much ado about populism?

A response to Aslanidis (2016) “Populist Social Movements of the Great Recession”, Mobilization 21(3):301-321 (following discussion in the movements@manchester reading group 25th April 2017) Populism is the big news of the 2010s. We’ve had the rise of Trump and Bernie...