About Brian Davey

Brian Davey graduated from the Nottingham University Department of Economics and, aside from a brief spell working in eastern Germany showing how to do community development work, has spent most of his life working in the community and voluntary sector in Nottingham particularly in health promotion, mental health and environmental fields. He helped form Ecoworks, a community garden and environmental project for people with mental health problems. He is a member of Feasta Climate Working Group and former co-ordinator of the Cap and Share Campaign. He is editor of the Feasta book Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society, and the author of Credo: Economic Beliefs in a World in Crisis.

Brian Davey has written 85 articles so far, you can find them below.

Brexit, fracking and Einstein

"Watch how our politicians demonstrate Einstein's definition of madness - trying over and over again what has already failed - because they cannot grasp that the time is for degrowth - and a lot of sharing - rather than their insane attempts to grow more powerful at the expense of others in a disintegrating world." writes Brian Davey.

The Punishment of Nemesis

"Certain stories recur in the history of humanity – and one of the most dramatic and traumatic is that of hybris," writes Brian Davey. "Hybris is a drama brought about by actions motivated by excessive pride – for example the overestimation by leaders - and the society or institutions in their charge - of their power."

Time and temporal inequality

Temporal inequality is a little noticed feature of our society. Poor people wait for things – the well-off are waited on. Temporal inequality is crucial to understanding people’s time choices. By Brian Davey, from Credo.

Cursed to live in interesting times

Brian Davey connects the fall in the growth rate, with its roots in the rising costs of energy extraction and generation, to declining resilience in the economic system. He argues that these are in turn related to a more conflict ridden geo-politics. There is an increased vulnerability to shocks which will be catastrophic unless and until there is a new conventional wisdom in society about what is wrong and what has to be done about it.

The real lesson of the Energiewende is that the German economy uses too much energy to be sustainable and needs to degrow…

Brian Davey draws on German research to argue that the only way that industrialised countries will be able to achieve the transition to 100% renewables is through degrowth. The transition is likely to be easier in low-income countries that use relatively little energy at present.