Dr Oscar Berglund
BA, MSc, MSc, PhD
- Social Movements
- Civil Disobedience
- Climate Change Activism
Lecturer in International Public and Social PolicySchool for Policy Studies
International Political Economy, Social Movements, Civil Disobedience, Contestation, Austerity, Neoliberalisation
My research is located within the field of International Political Economy and particularly Critical Political Economy. It looks at political contestation of global processes like neoliberalisation, austerity and climate change. This includes both non-violent contestation by social movements and parliamentary forms of contestation. My research draws on a historical materialist theoretical framework with a focus on political agency and contestation. I am particularly interested in how social movements use civil disobedience to achieve their aims and how they justify their law-breaking.
My current research explores climate change activism and particularly Extinction Rebellion (XR) and the use of civil disobedience. It studies the strategies and discourses of civil disobedience in contemporary climate change activism.
My ESRC-funded PhD thesis, Contesting Austerity through Civil Disobedience: The PAH and the Spanish Housing Crisis, analysed the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH, Platform for the Mortgage-Affected) and examined what it means to contest austerity and how PAH does this.
“From Anxiety to Insight to Action – How can we best support young people from diverse backgrounds to make their own response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency?”
DescriptionThe research seeks to develop new knowledge about how young people can best respond to the CEE, and how artistic experiences can facilitate this. It will do this within a…
Managing organisational unitSchool of Education
01/01/2020 to 31/07/2020
- E-pub ahead of print
Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism
- Authored book
New Political Economy
- Book/film/article review