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Addressing sustainability and inequality at a global level : how other worlds (may) emerge

Increased global interconnectivity has encouraged a prevalence of forums that seek to organise and facilitate action on sustainability and inequality on a global scale. A body of work has examined such global forums and the theoretical contexts in which they operate but there is little which examines the nature of engagement through these forums to address issues of sustainability and inequality. This thesis explores social actors’ participation in two global forums, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Social Forum (WSF), with the aim of creating more sustainable and equal worlds. It has been structured around four overarching research questions as follows. RQ1. What are the perceived relationships between dominant and dominated social actors in global sustainability... »

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Victoria Pagan

Victoria is Lecturer in Strategic Management at Newcastle University Business School. Before re-entering academia in 2011, she worked in commercial research and consultancy for the public sector, local government and non-departmental public bodies. Her research interest is focused on social interactions at the global level and the ways in which these influence the definitions of and responses to issues of sustainability and inequality in the world. It is absolutely possible and appropriate to level criticism at some social actors for being defenders and perpetuators of the dominant socio-economic systems and structures. However, she holds that it is too simplistic to make assumptions about people based on their apparent dominance. There are significant tensions and dilemmas faced by people as they operate in different fields and how inequality may be addressed. Her interest is in how these play out in practice.