Andreas Malm

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Andreas Malm
Andreas Malm at Code Rood 2018.jpg
Malm giving a lecture at Code Rood Action Camp 2018 in Groningen
Born1976/1977 (age 44–45)
OccupationAuthor, professor
EmployerLund University
TitleAssociate professor

Andreas Malm (born 1976 or 1977)[1] is a Swedish[2] author and an associate professor of human ecology at Lund University.[3][4] He sits on the editorial board of the academic journal Historical Materialism,[5] and has been described as a Marxist.[6] Naomi Klein, who quoted Malm in her book This Changes Everything, describes him as "one of the most original thinkers on the subject" of climate change.[7]


In 2010, Malm joined the Socialistiska Partiet; he had been in contact with the party since attending a summer camp they ran in 1997.[8]

In 2012, Malm defended his thesis (which later became the book Fossil Capital) to obtain a PhD from Lund University.[9][10]

Malm has authored several books and is a contributor to the magazine Jacobin.[3][11] In his book How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire, published in January 2021, he argued that sabotage and property damage would be logical components of the movement against climate change.[12]

In a May 2021 article in The Guardian, Brett Christophers wrote that research by Malm suggests that manufacturers during the Industrial Revolution switched from water power to steam not because steam was cheaper but because it was more profitable. In particular, steam allowed prime movers to be located near cheap labor rather than bound to suitable waterways.[13]

In September 2021, Malm was a guest on The New Yorker Radio Hour, where he echoed the central claim of How to Blow Up a Pipeline by advocating for the climate movement to utilize sabotage as a tactic and embrace a diversity of tactics. After the podcast was released, Fox News published an article describing Malm as a "climate change extremist".[14][15]


  • Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War, written with , published 2007 by Pluto Press[16]
  • : The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, published 2016 by Verso Books and awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize[17][18][19]
  • The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World, published 2017 by Verso Books[20][21]
  • Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century, published 2020 by Verso Books[22][23]
  • How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire, published 2021 by Verso Books[24][25]
  • White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism, written with The Zetkin Collective, published 2021 by Verso Books[26]

See also[]

  • Lund University – Swedish university
  • Human ecology – Study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social, and built environments
  • Climate change – Current rise in Earth's average temperature and its effects


  1. ^ Gladić, Mladen (5 August 2020). "Im Kapitalozän" [In the Capitalocene] (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency; What Would Nature Do? – review". the Guardian. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Schmeisser, Susann. "Andreas Malm – Humanities & Social Change". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Human Ecology". Lund University.
  5. ^ "Editorial Board | Historical Materialism". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  6. ^ Crane, Bill. "Climate Change | International Socialist Review". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Progress of the Storm". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  8. ^ Karlström, Gunvor (3 May 2010). "Andreas Malm, ekosocialistisk debattör: Därför går jag med i SP" [Andreas Malm, eco-socialist debater: Here's why I joined the SP] (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Andreas Malm". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  10. ^ Malm, Andreas (2013). "The Origins of Fossil Capital: From Water to Steam in the British Cotton Industry". Historical Materialism. 21 (1): 15–68. doi:10.1163/1569206X-12341279. ISSN 1465-4466.
  11. ^ "Andreas Malm". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  12. ^ Dechristopher, Tim (16 February 2021). "In a World on Fire, Is Nonviolence Still an Option?". YES! Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  13. ^ Christophers, Brett (25 May 2021). "Big oil companies are driven by profit – they won't turn green by themselves". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  14. ^ Remnick, David (24 September 2021). "Should the Climate Movement Embrace Sabotage?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  15. ^ Kornick, Lindsay (26 September 2021). "New Yorker hosts climate change extremist who advocates for 'intelligent sabotage'". Fox News. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  16. ^ Malm, Andreas (2007). Iran on the brink : rising workers and threats of war. Esmailian, Shora. London: Pluto. ISBN 978-1-84964-343-6. OCLC 654103854.
  17. ^ "Fossil Capital". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Past Recipients". The Deutscher Memorial Prize. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  19. ^ Malm, Andreas (2016). Fossil capital : the rise of steam-power and the roots of global warming. London. ISBN 978-1-78478-129-3. OCLC 900912182.
  20. ^ "The Progress of This Storm". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  21. ^ Malm, Andreas (2018). The progress of this storm : nature and society in a warming world. London. ISBN 978-1-78663-415-3. OCLC 1004424810.
  22. ^ "Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  23. ^ Malm, Andreas. Corona, climate, chronic emergency : war communism in the twenty-first century. London. ISBN 1-83976-216-0. OCLC 1159810165.
  24. ^ "How to Blow Up a Pipeline". Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  25. ^ Malm, Andreas (5 January 2021). How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire. Verso Books. ISBN 978-1-83976-025-9. OCLC 1141142279.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  26. ^ "White Skin, Black Fuel". Retrieved 12 January 2021.

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