Bristol Peak Oil report by Simone Osborn

Peak oil is the time when the amount of oil produced worldwide in a year reaches its absolute maximum. From this point onward the amount of oil produced will drop. After that time, oil will come from more difficult sources, and become more scarce, which will increase prices.

A report about peak oil and Bristol has been written called ‘Building a positive future for Bristol after Peak Oil’. It was commissioned by the council and the Green Capital Momentum Group. 

Who Feeds Bristol? Report by Joy Carey

This report builds on findings in the Bristol Peak Oil report and explores the strengths and vulnerabilities in the current food system that serves Bristol and the city region in more detail. The report is primarily a descriptive baseline study of the main elements of the food system with an analysis of its resilience. It looks at the ‘positive powers’ cities may have in relation to their food systems and it makes suggestions for action. The work of researching and preparing the “Who Feeds Bristol” report was commissioned and funded by NHS Bristol and undertaken by Joy Carey, an independent food systems planner and researcher. The document was published in March 2011.

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Transition Cities as Niches for Radical Change

A dissertation by Tina Nyfors. What can Malmö, Sweden, learn from Bristol, England? Two case studies on the Transition movement. This thesis explores through two case studies, in England and Sweden, how Transition initiatives in cities can be better organised in terms of institutions. I draw on 1) Ostrom's framework on self governing common-pool resource management and 2) sustainability transitions. The main result is a model based on Transition work in Bristol. 

"Resilience and Community Action in Bristol" by Tom Henfrey of Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems and Transition Bristol

From Henfrey, T. & G. Maschowski (eds.) 2015. Resilience, Community Action and Social Transformation, forthcoming from Good Works Publishing.

Bristol has a reputation, deservedly or not, as one of the world's greenest and most resilient cities. It was chosen as European Green Capital for 2015, and among the first 33 cities worldwide in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities programme. These accolades in large measure build upon the achievements of the city's dynamic and vibrant movement for community-based action on sustainability. Impressive as these achievements are, genuine progress is minor relative to the continued scale and momentum of the fossil-fuel based economy. This chapter examines the recent history of grassroots environmentalism in Bristol through a resilience lens, focusing on the nature and consequences of cross-scale interactions involving and affecting community level action.



The best way to get started with Transition is to do one of the Transition Training courses put on by the Transition Network. Trainings are designed to help you learn skills and find out what has and what hasn’t worked in Transition groups.

These trainings range from our introductory “Transition Launch”, to “Transition Thrive” (for people already involved in Transition) through to a variety of more specialist trainings.

The Essential Guide to Doing Transition

This guide, available from the Transition Network Site, will give you everything you need to know to start Transition in your community and outlines the processes and activities needed to make it a success.  Available in English, Spanish & French, soon to be joined by Italian.

The Essential Guide

Do Transition: Further resources

Transition Bristol is part of the Transition Network, a national and world-wide movement aimed at developing community resilience. With a rich experience of successes and learning from the not-so-successful, the Transition Network is a mine of valuable information for those on the Transition journey.

Click the link below to visit the Transition Network resources on helping you DO Transition.

Health Check

The Transition Health check is a great tool to help your group analyse what’s going well and also identify areas you could develop to make your Transition Group more effective.  


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