Gareth Fearn: “The ‘Authoritarian Turn’ in environmental governance? Examining the (re)politicisation of shale gas fracking in the U.K.”

In Students by jvnf65


My previous degrees were both from the University of Manchester, a B.A. in Philosophy and a M.A. in Political Economy. My PhD project will focus on the U.K. planning system with regards to shale gas fracking, and the growing attempts to resist it by activists and communities. The broader aim is to examine an ‘authoritarian turn’ in environmental governance since the 2008 financial crisis, and the extent to which citizens are able to challenge this.

My research interests include: political economy of the environment, post-political theory, technocracy, ideology and hegemony, Marxism and post-Marxism, neoliberalism, fracking and social change.

I am on Twitter @garethfearn and I have written occasionally for the Fabian Society and Novara Media. I also blog at