Deep Transitions Workshop May 2020: A Great Debate

As the initial research phase of the DeepTransitions project nears the end, the research team is inviting a wider academic audience to critically scrutinise their findings and emerging ideas in a three-day virtual workshop on 18-20 May 2020.


The workshop marks the beginning of the next project phase, presenting the insights to a wider academic audience. It is chaired by Deep Transitions project initiator, Professor Johan Schot and is intended to provide a critical space for discussion, including the future development of the Deep Transitions framework, as well as exploring possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The workshop is titled “Deep Transitions in the Transatlantic Zone in the Long Twentieth Century”, and is divided into four thematic sections, namely: Deep Transitions in time and space (the theory of Deep Transitions, including its temporal and spatial dynamics); the co-evolutionary patterns of Deep Transitions (findings on the study of mass production, fossil fuels and digitalisation during the 20th century); mechanisms and critical junctures of Deep Transitions (the role of transnational organisations, collective actions, landscape shocks and wars); and the Deep Transitions methodology (strategies and techniques for the study of epochal system change).

It is attended by participants from a wide range of disciplines and universities, representing different conceptual, methodological and disciplinary perspectives. Participants will contribute to the workshop actively by providing critical reflections and new perspectives on publications from the Deep Transitions team, by presenting their own papers and engaging with the Deep Transitions framework, by monitoring the workshop debate and synthesising gained insights from various participants, thereby offering fresh ways to go forward.

The workshop is hosted jointly by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex Business School and the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges and is supported by James Anderson of Baillie Gifford & Co.

Join the debate by following @DTransitions2 on Twitter. A series of follow up interviews and blog posts will be published on in due course, providing a recap of the workshop and its implications.