Global Uncertainties, Geoengineering and the Technopolitics of Planetary Crisis Management

Columba Peoples*

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With rising sea levels and disappearing species as harbingers of a planet-wide existential crisis facing the Earth, this article considers the ways in which geoengineering proposals diverge from understandings of global uncertainties and threats within scholarship on the globalization of insecurity, instead identifying ‘the planetary’ as a distinctive space of insecurity. Working at that scale, geoengineering proposals in turn not only claim to offer technological fixes but also in the process fix – in the sense of hypostatising – the meaning of (planetary) crisis, usually circumscribed as a climate crisis. The technopolitics of planetary crisis management thus produces and sustains a wider political economy that can and should be opened up to critical reflection: given that it assumes particular understandings – and thus precludes possible alternative conceptions – of what crisis entails, and consequent sociotechnical imaginaries of how market forces, scientific knowledge, and technological infrastructures might be combined in response.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Early online date4 Mar 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2021


  • Globality
  • Planetary
  • Geoengineering
  • Crisis
  • Insecurity
  • Technopolitics


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