Narrating Socio-cultural transitions to a Post-fossil Society



We are a multidisciplinary group of scholars from Lund, Utrecht, Durham and Warwick Universities exploring innovative and creative ways of envisioning how a post-fossil world might look like, and the means through which it can transpire. The project is a response to the fact that the power to enable and govern transition to a post-fossil society not only relies on scientific facts and legislative measures, but also on effectual means to envision post-fossil worlds. By providing new knowledge on how stories of climate futures circulate, translate and resonate, we aim to leave participants with a new sense of the features that make climate change matter socially and culturally.

Current Initiatives


A Climate Fiction Competition

Carbon Ruins

An Exhibition of the Fossil Age

Our networks

The Climaginaries team run three organisational arrangements convening day-to-day activates across local settings. These arrangements bring together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines with agents of change from within the realms of policy, business, the arts, cultural institutions and social movements.

Narrating Climate Futures

At Lund University, the collaborative initiative Narrating Climate Futures is convening research projects and events (e.g. workshops, seminars and reading groups) exploring alternative futures in a climate changed world.

Urban Futures Studio

At Utrecht University, the transdisciplinary research institute Urban Futures Studio explores positive urban futures through empirical research and innovative experiments, such as immersive installations and art projects.


Petrocultures is a transatlantic research cluster supporting and producing research on the social, cultural and political implications of oil and energy use on societies and communities all around the world.

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