Stephen Quilley


Steve Quilley
BSIA Fellow
BSIA Fellow

Stephen Quilley

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Stephen Quilley is Associate Professor in Social and Ecological Innovation in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, and core faculty for the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR). With a Ph.D. in economic sociology, Steve was previously a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University (2006-2012), College Lecturer in Urban Sociology at University College Dublin (1999-2005) and Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) in Manchester (1997-1999). With research interests ranging from the historical sociology of Norbert Elias, and urban regeneration, to the long-term dynamics of human ecology, Steve has also worked on policy-related projects relating to sustainability, urban regeneration, food systems, resilience and social-ecological innovation. His work is developing at the intersection of four overlapping areas: the political economy and sociology of degrowth; the relationship between energy, civilization and social complexity; the long-term potential of open-source fabrication systems; and ontology, meaning frameworks and non-rational drivers of environmental behaviour. Current projects focus on (i) the relation between virtue ethics, post-liberal political philosophy and distributist forms of political economy, and (ii) Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language Theory applied to traditional music and dance as vehicles for social capital formation.

Select Publications

  • Quilley, S. (2023) “A Complete Act: Conservatism, Distributism and the Pattern
    Language for Sustainability” Accepted and In Press with Challenges in Sustainability _ IN PRESS.
  • Kish, K. and Quilley, S. 2021 Ecological Limits of Development: Living with the Sustainable Development Goals (London: Routledge).
  • Quilley, S. (2020). Elias in the Anthropocene: Human Nature, Evolution and the Politics of Great Acceleration. In J. C. Pereira & A. Saramago (Eds.), Non-Human Nature in World Politics: Theory and Practice. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Steven Loyal and Stephen Quilley (2020) State Formation, Habitus, and National Character: Elias, Bourdieu, Polanyi, and Gellner and the Case of Asylum Seekers in Ireland Historical Social Research 45 (2020) x, x-xx. │ published by GESIS DOI: 10.12759/hsr.45.2020.x.x-xx
  • Quilley, S (2020) ‘Liberty in the Near Anthropocene: State, Market and Livelihood. What the changing I/We balance means for feminism, nationalism, liberalism, socialism and conservatism’ in in Liberty and the Ecological Crisis Freedom on a Finite Planet, 1st Edition Edited by Christopher J. OrrKaitlin KishBruce Jennings (London Routledge).
  • Quilley, S (2020) ‘Liberty in the (Long) Anthropocene: The ‘I’ and the ‘We’ in the Longue Duree ‘ in Liberty and the Ecological Crisis Freedom on a Finite Planet, 1st Edition Edited by Christopher J. OrrKaitlin KishBruce Jennings (London Routledge).
  • Quilley, S. Zywert, K., 2019. Livelihood, Market and State: What does A Political Economy Predicated on the ‘Individual-in-Group-in-Place’ Actually Look Like? Sustainability (Basel, Switzerland), 2019-07-29, Vol.11 (15), p.4082.
  • Loyal, S.  and S. Quilley, (2018). State Power and Asylum Seekers in Ireland (New York: Springer).

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