Dr Lucy Weir is an independent researcher, writer and facilitator whose emphasis is on philosophy as a practice, particularly in response to the ecological emergency, a phrase that encompasses both the urgent and critical nature of the Anthropocene and our collective inclination to deal with its impacts as though they are happening outside us. Her writing and facilitation focuses on addressing this fragmentary approach.
After a number of years volunteering in the global South, her postgraduate career began under the supervision of the late Emeritus Professor Barbara Harrell-Bond, founder of Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Programme. After moving to Ireland, the catalyst for Dr Weir’s further research, encompassing the wider philosophical and social issues of the ecological emergency, was the Corrib gas controversy.
Publications and contributions to publications include Fleeing Vesuvius (FEASTA, 2010), 1001 Ideas that changed the way we think (Quarto, 2013), 1001 quotations to inspire you before you die (Cassell, 2016), Love is Green: compassion as responsibility in the ecological emergency (Vernon, 2019) and Urgent Matters: philosophy as practice in the ecological emergency (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). Information about current and upcoming courses and consultancy work can be found at www.knowyogaireland.com.