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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



My research focuses on the question of how ecological crises, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, challenge our understanding of politics. In my PhD, I am exploring the ways in which the political in the Anthropocene can be reconfigured through the concept of labour. To this end, I am working on an environmental history of political thought around the problem of labour. Relatedly, Marxist feminist critiques of (productive) labour and efforts to valorise undervalued and hidden (reproductive) labour are of particular interest to me.

I hold an MA in Philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris – PSL and a MA (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh.

Research Interests: Environmental (Histories of) Political Thought, Feminism, Marxism, Critical Theory, Alienation


Key publications: 

Carl Pierer and Felix Creutzig, 2019: “Star-shaped cities alleviate trade-off between climate change mitigation and adaptation” Environ. Res. Lett. 14 085011

Thesis Title: Nature, Labour, and Reproduction: Facing the Predicament of the Anthropocene
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Kelly
Carl Pierer

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