Pete North is Reader in Alternative Economies at the University of Liverpool. He gained his BA in History and Politics in 1984. After a few years working for the Departments of Employment, Trade and Industry, and Environment, he gained his MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (1993) and his PhD from the School for Advanced Urban Studies at the University of Bristol (1997). He was a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Sheffield (1996-7). Between 1997 and 2002 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Local Economy Policy Unit at South Bank University. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2002. His research focuses on: (1) the transition to a low carbon economy that combines prosperity and equality with what we need to do to avoid dangerous climate change and economic crisis; (2) the politics of climate change and ecologically-focused social movements engaged in struggles about the implications of anthropogenic climate change and resource constraints for both humans and the wider ecosystems upon which we depend; and, (3) given that after the upheavals of 1989 and the fall of the Soviet Union we seem to have some consensus that a purely state-controlled economy is both bureaucratically sluggish and destructive of individual freedom, how can we get the balance between state and market right? What forms of market-based economic activities can provide prosperity with justice in the anthropocene? Can we envisage and create new social and solidarity economies that rethink markets working to new, more socially just rhythms, that include those capitalism leaves behind. Indeed, are markets always ‘capitalist’, and exploitative?