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Shift and Signal

Published: 23 November 2017 Author: Alex Lockwood

Shift and Signal is shaped by a series of aural explorations of the urban space of Newcastle and Gateshead, a set of podcasts that are imagined as walks or journeys around both exterior and interior space, and explored through a sequence of events that built a collaborative, participative and embodied response from those who engaged with the project.

Shift and Signal is an attempt to imagine how we can go deeper in our adaptations to the crises of the contemporary moment such as social inequality, climate change, and species extinction.

The project is an attempt to shift us beyond stuck conversations about how we implement change, drawing upon identity psychology and behavioural theory as a means to overcome obstacles to change, and then to signal towards responses and better ways of living that are already appearing.

As part of the Deep Adaptation programme, Alex initiated the Shift and Signal Schoolthree days of workshops, sharing, live recordings and celebration of our commitment to work hand-in-hand for a flourishing future. The resulting material was then edited into podcasts which you can listen to below.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or follow on Soundcloud. All individual episodes will be gathered here. If you want to get in touch, please contact Dr Alex Lockwood by email on

Visit the Shift and Signal website for more information about the project and further podcasts produced since.

This commission is part of Deep Adaptation. An ongoing programme of commissions, talks, events and workshops looking at how current social, civic and economic issues can be understood in relation to climate change.



The work is led by Dr Alex Lockwood, a writer, journalist, activist and scholar who’s been working in areas of climate change, development praxis and critical animal studies since 2001.