Just transitions- international examples and what we can learn

This event, hosted by UK think tank IPPR will look at just transitions around the world and what we can learn from them.

From #BuildBackBetter to Net Zero to Black Lives Matter – 2020 has been characterised by calls for a better and more sustainable future. Transition narratives have dominated much of the public conversation, with Covid-19 shifting our thinking on what a good, dignified, decent life is.

Calls for transitions also uncover cultural, social, and political decision-making patterns and biases – with our political imagination often hampered by what can be known and the inherent biases in our political economies. They are ‘make or break it’ moments – points in time where societies, more than ever, are dependent on clear, strategic, and compassionate leadership with a vision for the future.

This event aims to cover how we can better design public policy to support a rapid and fair transition to net zero and the restoration of nature. We hope to explore the lessons and insights from previous transitions in different countries, sectors and industries, sharing what worked and what did not in their stories of transition.


  • Amahara SpenceBlack Land & Spatial Justice (invited)
  • Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge
  • Anita Okunde, Climate Striker and President, Girl Up Manchester
  • Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre, TUC (invited)
  •  Laura Sandys, Co-Chair of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission (Chair)
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