The sorts of transformations now required in the economy and society to effectively tackle climate change imply a key role for business. But traditionally businesses have opposed more stringent action on climate change. This talk looks at the evolving engagement of business with the climate change issue. It looks at the different ways in which business groups and sectors have addressed the issue and spells out some of the future challenges for business and society of transforming the global economy along more sustainable lines.
Peter Newell is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. His principal research interests lie in the political economy of climate change and low carbon energy transitions. He currently holds an ISRF Political Economy Research Fellowship. Besides working for academic institutions including the universities of Sussex, Oxford, Warwick and East Anglia, he has done research and policy work for the governments of the UK, Sweden and Finland, for international organizations such as UNDP, and has worked for NGOs such as Friends of the Earth and Climate Network Europe. He also sits on the board of directors for Greenpeace UK and Carbon Market Watch Brussels. His publications include the books Climate for Change: Non State Actors and the Global Politics of the Greenhouse; Climate Capitalism; Governing Climate Change; Globalization and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power and Transnational Climate Change Governance. More information here
Jan Cools holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and 2 MSc degrees from KULeuven in Belgium. He is Research Manager of the “Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development” at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is primarily focusing on inter-disciplinary projects related to integrated environmental management and climate change adaptation for a wide range of topics. He holds more than 15 years of experience in the coordination and technical implementation of projects for a number of international clients, including the European Commission, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the United Nations (UNDP, UNEP and UNISDR). More information here
Steven Van Passel is professor Environmental Economics at UAntwerpen
Tuesday 27 November 2018
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
University of Antwerp - Stadscampus
Rodestraat 14 - R.004 - 2000 Antwerpen (how to reach the Stadscampus?)