Nicole Foss in Launceston

Peak Oil, Local Resilience and Financial Crisis

15th March 2012
7:00pm – 8.30pm
Lecture Theatre 9, Faculty of Arts Building (map)
Newnham campus

(If you missed this event you can hear Nicole on local radio by clicking on this link)

A Public Lecture with Nicole Foss, Co-Editor of The Automatic Earth

An impending global crisis? Many assure us there is.
What are the issues and opportunities for Tasmania?

How can we prepare and respond to ensure we ‘keep the lights on’ both metaphorically and physically?

Come and explore the interrelated issues of finance, energy, resources, environment, psychology, population and real politik that make up our current multi-faceted predicament.

An explanation of why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it.

Hosted by UTAS Sustainability Unit
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RSVP (UTAS): or phone 6226 2521;
Enquiries – Fiona Brodribb –

Some background to Nicole Foss

Nicole M. Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth, where she writes under the name Stoneleigh. She and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was previously editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.

Foss runs the Agri-Energy Producers’ Association of Ontario, where she has focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.

Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, the common professional examination in law and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.

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