Nick Taylor spoke with Sarah Knuth, Assistant Professor of Human Geography at Durham, about the political economy of the green economy. Knuth’s work explores how urban capitalism is being shaped by climate change and how, in turn, the drive for endless accumulation shapes responses to environmental breakdown, especially in cities. They discuss the role that devaluation takes in the green economy and in new accumulation strategies, the changing fortunes of US cleantech and the role of progressive policy agendas and movements in shaping a more desirable green economy.

Read more:

Knuth, S. (2020). ‘All that is Solid … ’City 24(1-2): 65-75.

Knuth, S. (2019). Cities and Planetary Repair: The Problem with Climate RetrofittingEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space 51(2): 487-504.

Knuth, S., Potts, S. & Goldstein, J.E. (2019). In Value’s Shadows: Devaluation as Accumulation FrontierEnvironment and Planning A 51(2): 461-466.

Knuth, S. (2019). Whatever Happened to Green Collar Jobs? Populism and Clean Energy TransitionAnnals of the American Association of Geographers 109(2): 634-643.

Knuth, S. (2018). “Breakthroughs” for a Green Economy? Financialization and Clean Energy TransitionEnergy Research and Social Science 41: 220-229.

Knuth, S. (2017). Green Devaluation: Disruption, Divestment, and Decommodification for a Green EconomyCapitalism Nature Socialism 28(1): 98-117.