Lectures 2017 – University of Copenhagen

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Lectures 2017


American exceptionalism, great power responsibility and global sustainability

This lecture explores the legacy of American exceptionalism in global environmental governance and the threat it poses to the Paris Agreement and global sustainability politics more generally.

Robert Falkner is the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE. His research focuses on global environmental politics and international political economy, with a particular focus on climate policy and the role of business in international relations.

The event took place on 4 October and was moderated by Jens Villiam Hoff, Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. 


What is needed to transform agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change?

In this lecture Bruce Campbell addressed how something is wrong with the global food system when nearly one billion people go hungry and more than one billion over-consume; and how agriculture is the major driver of global environmental change.

Bruce Campbell is Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He operates out of the CCAFS office at the University of Copenhagen. He has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to doing applied research on natural resource management.

The event took place on 22 September and was moderated by Katherine Richardson, Professor in Biological Oceanography, Leader of Sustainability Science Centre. 


How to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

In this sustainability lecture, Kate Raworth talked about how we urgently need a new generation of economists who are ready to manage our planetary home in the interests of all its inhabitants.

Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the twenty-first century. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

The event took place on 19 May and was moderated by Katherine Richardson, Professor in Biological Oceanography, Leader of Sustainability Science Centre. Henrik Hansen, Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen responded.

 


Climate management and communication in a world of “Trumps and Brexits”

Managing climate change is a global challenge and therefore requires cooperation at a global level. Does the current wave of populism on the political arena change the way we need to be addressing climate change? This question was addressed by a number of different angles in a series of short presentations, followed by Q + A and dialogue between the audience and panel:

Martin Lidegaard, Member of the Danish Parliament, The Social Liberal Party
Christian Ibsen, Director, Concito
Vincent Hendricks, Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen
Stig Jensen, Associate Professor, Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen
Theresa Scavenius, Postdoc, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

The seminar, organised in collaboration with UCPH’s Global Environmental Governance, took place on 24 March and was moderated by Katherine Richardson, Professor in Biological Oceanography, Leader of Sustainability Science Centre.

 


The Sustainable Development Goals – a necessary revolution

This talk was about the preparation for the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals to become a reality and how the goals should provide a harmonic future for this planet.  

Mogens Lykketoft is an economist and a politician and has been in Parliament since 1981. He served as Minister for taxation, for finance and for foreign affairs for the Social Democratic Party and was a Speaker of Parliament. He was the President of the United Nations General Assembly 2015-2016 during the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The event took place on 14 March and was moderated by Katherine Richardson, Professor in Biological Oceanography, Leader of Sustainability Science Centre. The lecture was co-hosted by the Sustainability Science Centre and UCPH’s Working Group for Global Development.


Connecting the Drops: Water Scarcity and the Economy

In this sustainability lecture, Dr. Richard Damania talked about connecting the drops between water, a quintessential natural resource, and its myriad users in farms, firms and cities. He provided a deeper understanding of the nature magnitude of water induced risks and discussed how these stresses can be addressed, especially in developing countries where water is already scarce.

Richard Damania is the Global Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Water Practice.  He has held several positions in the World Bank including as the Lead Economist in the Africa Region’s Sustainable Development Department with oversight for analytical work on infrastructure, environmental and social issues in Africa.

The event took place on 23 January and was moderated by Henrik Hansen, Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

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