James Scott Vandeventer is a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. His doctoral thesis seeks to understand how spaces and places are organised in alternative ways, with a focus on social housing communities in Manchester.
Born in Los Angeles, James earned a BA in Economics from Georgetown University in 2012. After several years as a retail manager, in 2015 James decided to move abroad and pursue his interest in environmental sustainability through a Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. Through this programme and his MSc dissertation, he developed an understanding of alternative visions for the future, such as degrowth and the steady state economy. His interest lies in both what these alternatives might involve, and how we can begin to move toward them. As a member of the Steady State Manchester Collective, James seeks to support the group’s work in advocacy, policy, and activism, as well as to further its engagement with members and outside organisations.
James is also a member of the Institute of Place Management (MMU) and Heidelberg Club International.