Kristen Steele

Kristen Steele, Associate Programs Director for Local Futures, has worked in the new economy and environmental fields for over 15 years. She is currently studying for a PhD at University College London on the intersection between economics and wildlife conservation.

River flooding in Asia

Disaster Localization: A Constructive Response to Climate Chaos

Disaster localization could help us avoid “each new disaster leading to a more entrenched global capitalist system, with its social impacts as well as its hefty contribution to increasing carbon emissions”. Rupert and I draw on inspiration from a variety of sources, especially Helena Norberg-Hodge’s vision of localization, Charles Fritz’s research on disasters and mental health, and Rebecca Solnit’s writings about post-traumatic growth in the aftermath of crises.

October 29, 2019


How Globalization Divides Us: Perspectives on Brexit from a Dual Citizen

Getting out of Europe does nothing to address the real problems in UK society—or the world.

July 12, 2016

Place-based Everywhere: Lessons from Flood Wall Street

If it wasn’t obvious before, it is now: capitalism has become the most divisive issue of our time.

October 13, 2014

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