Andrew Curry

The Next Wave is my personal blog. I use it from time to time to write about drivers of change, trends, emerging issues, and other futures and scenarios topics. I work for the the School of International Futures in London. (Its blog is here).

I started as a financial journalist for BBC Radio 4’s Financial World Tonight, before moving to Channel 4 News during the 1980s. I still maintain an interest in digital media and in the notion of the creative economy.

Stamp commemorating the Salt March

Breaking the law in response to climate change

I do think it’s necessary to control Big Oil, and to stop governments subsidising fossil fuels, and given the sheer scale and influence of the oil companies I’m not sure what we’re going to have to do make that happen.

September 25, 2023

Montana landscape

‘Meddling kids’ win landmark climate case in the US

The 16 young plaintiffs argued that the state’s continuing support of the fossil fuel industry violated their right to a clean and healthful environment.

August 15, 2023

ULEZ sign

Climate politics and culture wars

Dealing with climate change will take state intervention, and so you can see how right-wing parties might think that playing the “freedom” card could be a good move, putting the ethical and practical issues about climate change impacts to one side here for the moment.

August 1, 2023

water truck

Paying for clean water

There’s a wider point here—that in general the private sector would never be profitable if it had to pay for the environmental capital it gets through—but it’s rare to see such a clear cut example.

July 10, 2023

Four Horsemen

Elites, political disintegration, and ‘cliodynamics’

In his recent book End Times, Peter Turchin tries to lay out his story about social, political, and economic change for a popular audience.

July 5, 2023


Turning utility companies into investment vehicles

Over the course of a series of books, Christophers has researched the nature of different forms of rentier capitalism—in Britain and elsewhere. His latest book focuses on the way the infrastructure sector is financed in the post-privatisation era, in Britain and elsewhere.

July 3, 2023

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