Lectures 2012

Dr. Kaushik Basu - The Global Crisis and the Impact on Emerging Economics
The Chief Economist of the World Bank Dr. Kaushik Basu gave a talk on the economic prospects we have to prepare ourselves for, especially those that will have an impact on emerging economies and vulnerable developing countries. It took place on 29 November.

After seeming to weather the initial shock from the Great Recession well, emerging economies faced a sharp slowdown from 2011, raising interesting questions about the nature of coupling and decoupling of economies.

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Tim Lenton - Early warning of climate tipping points

Professor Tim Lenton examined the prospects for gaining early warning of approaching climate 'tipping points' and presented new results from analysis of recent observational climate data. Tim Lenton is a professor of Climate Change and Earth System Science at University of Exeter.

’Tipping’ of the Earth system implies that a small change, e.g. in greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, triggers a strong response in the climate system or in an important ecosystem, changing its current state to a radically different one, in some cases irreversibly.

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Mike Hulme - What sort of knowledge for what sort of politics?

Professor Mike Hulme, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia gave his talk: "What sort of knowledge for what sort of politics? Science, sustainability and the challenges of democracy" on 21 June 21. Mike Hulme challenged the current forms of governance based on global knowledge-making through panels like IPCC and IPBES, and posed the questions: 

  • Can the newly established IPBES really make a change simply by filling the gaps of knowledge?
  • Is solving the problems of biodiversity loss and climate change solely dependent on providing politicians with more accurate numbers and predictions?
  • Can we truly govern these problems on a global scale or is it ‘illusions of control’
  • Are we missing out on a key discussion of basic human values when we base intergovernmental platforms on scientific facts and numbers?


The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach:
Rio+20 – green economy and global visions.

The lecture focused on the expectations for UN's conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, which was held 20-22 June  2012 (Rio+20). The minister also talked about how Denmark will follow up on the visions from Rio, and present the government's plans for green growth, energi and development cooperation. The lecture took place 6 June 2012.


Arctic Conference

An Arctic Conference was arranged by WWF and Sustainability Science Center on the 16 March. When the ice melts, new sailing rutes become available in the north, bringing with it new commercial rutes, available resources and possibilities for turism. This also means challenges for the nature and environment.

  • Gitte Seeberg, secretary general of the Danish branch of the WWF
  • Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal (SF)
  • Martin Breum, Journalist and Author of the book ”Når isen forsvinder”
  • Professor Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Center for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • John Nordbo, WWF
  • Aqqaluk Lynge, chairman of the pan arctic cooperation, Inuit Circumpolar Council


Michael Grubb - Planetary Economics

The first lecture of the year was with Michael Grubb from Cambridge University giving the lecture: "Planetary Economics: The Three Domains of Sustainable Enery Development". The lecture took place at LIFE in auditorium A1-01.01, Bülowsvej 17 on 18 January.