Imogen Learmonth

Editor in Chief London, UK

I’m the Editor in Chief at Thred. My interests include social and climate justice, women’s issues, and human rights. If you’re keen on current affairs and social change, check out my profile! Follow me on Twitter and drop me some ideas/feedback on email.

Hi, I’m Imogen, and I’m the Editor in Chief at Thred. I moved to the UK from Australia to study English at the University of Oxford in 2015.

Since graduating, I’ve lived in London where I’m informally studying ethics and learning French as side projects to my main gig as Editor in Chief at Thred. My specialist subjects include social and climate justice, women’s issues, and human rights.

I can usually be found furiously tapping away at my keyboard as I rant in liberal. In the office I regularly take on the role of mum, making pita bread and hot chocolates for my team. Although when it comes to using technology, my status is quickly downgraded to grandma. Despite the grandiose efforts of my team, I have yet to master Photoshop.

   

Latest Stories from Imogen

Is the quantum computing in ‘Devs’ really possible?

Is the quantum computing in ‘Devs’ really possible?

We take a peek at the physics behind Alex Garland’s new sci-fi offering Devs. Will quantum computers be able to tell us the future? Alex Garland’s newest foray into sci-fi, the Hulu show Devs, is one of the most innovate programs to be screened on prime-time Television for a while. Displaying the same heady mix of strange soundscapes, unnerving visuals, and ambitious set pieces that made his first two...

By London, UK
Conservation and COVID-19: how the virus could spell trouble for endangered species

Conservation and COVID-19: how the virus could spell trouble for endangered species

As the ecotourism industry shuts down and protection projects grind to a halt, years of conservation work in the world’s most precarious environments could be undone. Conservationists the world over are warning that coronavirus could have dire consequences for the world’s endangered species and habitats. This has left many asking whether relying on tourist dollars for conservation projects is a stable economic model. In Africa, restrictions on international travel have...

By London, UK
Migrants struggle to send money home during COVID-19 crisis

Migrants struggle to send money home during COVID-19 crisis

The rate of global remittance is set to decline sharply thanks to the harsh COVID economy. This could have dire consequences for the world’s poorest communities. Looking at the worldwide coronavirus statistics, it’s easy to see the virus as a western issue. Deaths and rates of infection are, if the stats are to be believed, overwhelmingly higher in western nations. Whilst the UK stands at...

By London, UK
‘A people’s vaccine’ – 140+ global leaders call for virus vaccine to be free

‘A people’s vaccine’ – 140+ global leaders call for virus vaccine to be free

Global leaders pre-empt efforts of the wealthiest corporations and governments to privatise the eventual coronavirus vaccine. Over 140 global leaders and experts issued an open letter on Thursday this week urging all world powers to unilaterally guarantee that, once scientists discover a cure for the COVID-19 virus, it will be freely available to all global citizens equally and without national bias. Entitled ‘Uniting Behind a People’s Vaccine Against COVID-19’,

By London, UK
Online dating during lockdown- can love thrive while we’re apart?

Online dating during lockdown- can love thrive while we’re apart?

Lockdown has accelerated the transition of online dating apps to purely online hangout spaces. Should this trend continue beyond quarantine? If modern communication falls broadly into two categories – the online and the offline – then where do we place online dating? Pre-COVID, it occupied some strange liminal place between the two, with the majority of conversations never traversing the digital despite the fact that this was, for most people,...

By London, UK
Could AI become a music artist?

Could AI become a music artist?

AI’s place in the music industry is becoming a copyright minefield. AI can create music, but does this make AI an artist? Do AI algorithms create their own work, or are the humans behind these algorithms the real ‘artists’? If an algorithm is fed music by a certain artist, does it then owe that artist royalties, or can it be considered an independent creative body? These are some of the questions...

By London, UK
Quality of life indicators more important than GDP, says UK poll

Quality of life indicators more important than GDP, says UK poll

Economic indicators have fallen out of step with our lived values, and according to a recent poll the UK has noticed. This week the UK’s latest GDP figures will be published, covering the period from January to the end of March. GDP is calculated by taking the sum total of a nation’s spending, investment, and trade balance (imports minus exports) then representing this as a single number. Essentially, it shows...

By London, UK
Factory farming is an atrocity our generation must solve

Factory farming is an atrocity our generation must solve

Most of the earth’s sentient being lives and die on a production line. It’s time to think of a better way. In 2015, the now household name Yuval Noah Harari, historian, philosopher, and author of Sapiens, called industrial farming ‘one of the worst crimes in history’. Five years on, and though the number of people eating meat globally has declined in the west, the number...

By London, UK
Plant-based meat soars in popularity during lockdown

Plant-based meat soars in popularity during lockdown

COVID-19 is giving consumers the time and headspace to become more socially conscious. Recently I wrote on the atrocities of factory farming. Writing the article was, if I’m honest, an existential nightmare that painted a bleak picture of the deep hole we’ve gotten ourselves into with our insatiable appetite for meat. I came to the same conclusion that many others had come to before me: whilst...

By London, UK
The lazy person’s guide to sustainability

The lazy person’s guide to sustainability

The UN has just published the mother of all helpful guides – how to save the world when you don’t have time to go ‘full activist’. Here at Thred we’re pretty keen on consistently giving you easy to implement advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint. From how to get involved in activist programs to which footwear brands are most sustainable,...

By London, UK