CfP AAG 2019, Washington DC, April 3-7.
Realising transformative climate economies? The place(s) of green finance in 
the Anthropocene

Organizers:  Bregje van Veelen (Durham University), Mark Cooper (University of 
California, Davis), Richard Lane (Utrecht University)
Discussant:  Sabine Dörry (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)
Sponsorship:  Economic Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political 
Ecology Specialty Group

This session aims to explore the cultural and political economy of green 
finance and its place in social and environmental transformations.  We seek 
papers that examine the place of finance in the construction of diverse or 
transformative climate economies and the ways in which finance and its 
governance might contribute to – or hinder – a “new economic ethics for the 
Anthropocene” (Gibson-Graham and Roelvink 2010, 343).

The Paris Agreement prioritizes finance as a core component of the global 
response to climate change.  This focus on making finance work for climate 
change has contributed to the emergence of a range of new green finance 
initiatives, yet the role finance might play in social and environmental 
transitions and the emergence of diverse or transformative economies remains 
unclear. The existing literature on the cultural and political economy of green 
finance remains modest relative to the scale of the speed at which the issue 
has developed, and the transformative potential of remaking finance. Similarly, 
there is significant diversity within the forms of green finance and the places 
through which its flows, which is underexplored.

In this session we seek to bring critical cultural and political economy 
approaches to bear on these emergent forms of finance. We are particularly 
interested in works that seek to “dislocate the hegemonic framing of 
capitalism” (Gibson-Graham 2008) to understand the role(s) of green finance in 
fostering diverse or transformative economies (see also Dörry and Schulz 2018). 
This includes work from the diverse economies approach, which challenges 
assumptions that the economy is inherently capitalist, a determining force 
rather than a site for transformation, and is separable from ecology 
(Gibson-Graham 2008; Gibson-Graham and Roelvink 2010). At the same time, we 
welcome papers that draw on critical approaches (e.g. Polanyian, 
performativity, pragmatics) that consider or critique the potential of the 
diverse economies concept for understanding emerging configurations of green 

We therefore invite both conceptual and empirical contributions that seek to 
analyse the intersection between green finance and transformative/diverse 
economies to understand emerging climate economies. Questions could include, 
but are not limited to:

-        How does green finance contribute to the establishment of diverse 
relations – or complicate existing diverse relations – of production, labour 
and exchange?
-        How do the diverse debt relations of green finance manifest themselves 
in different places?
-        What role do metrics, indices, standards, and expertise play in 
supporting or obscuring difference/diversity in new financial relations?
-        What actors are at the heart of establishing new financial relations 
that can contribute to the establishment of diverse economies?
-        What financial struggles are taking place in particular places that 
are (re)defining what our economy is and who it is for, in a climate-challenged 
-        How is finance engaged in the materialisation of new forms of ‘the 
economy’ (Mitchell 2008) through technologies of calculation and representation?

We also welcome reflective contributions that consider for example the 
following questions:
-        How can our research open up new possibilities? What role can 
different theoretical approaches play?
-        Is a diverse economies lens a suitable approach to build a political 
research agenda for climate finance? What are its limitations?
-        What transformative potentials are present in finance not explicitly 
labelled green? How does finance in housing, transportation, food, mining, and 
energy contribute to new climate economies?

Dörry and Schulz 2018 Green financing, interrupted. Potential directions for 
sustainable finance in Luxembourg. Local Environment. 23(7), 717-733
Gibson-Graham 2008 Diverse economies: performative practices for `other 
worlds'. Progress in Human Geography. 32(5), 613-632
Gibson-Graham and Roelvink 2010 An Economic Ethics for the Anthropocene. 
Antipode. 41(s1), 320-346.
Mitchell 2008 Rethinking Economy. Geoforum. 39(3), 1116-1121.

Multiple sessions with an additional discussant may be organized if there is 
sufficient interest.  To aid the discussant(s) for this session, presenters 
will be asked to submit a written paper several weeks before the conference.

We welcome expressions of interest of questions at any time.  Abstracts (250 
words maximum) should be sent to Bregje van Veelen 
(<>).  Those accepted 
must complete the abstract submission and conference registration process 
before October 25.

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