Richard Tutton


Department of Sociology
Wentworth College - University of York
YO10 5AY
United Kingdom


Senior Lecturer


My research addresses visions and contestations of planetary and multiplanetary futures. In particular, I explore the tensions between positive, utopian futures of sociotechnical advancement and progress and anticipations of decline and collapse that animate contemporary social science accounts of societies in this century. My current project focuses on how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, who have made their fortunes from digital platforms are now investing in improving human spaceflight capabilities, and constructing visions of a future in which human beings inhabiting other planets in the solar system is presented as a matter of progress and the way to make the world a better place.