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Global Insights: “COVID-19: Climate Change and Energy”

May 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The panel will examine the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis on the international climate change agenda. It will also discuss environmental justice and issues concerning the demand for new energy structures and cleaner technology.


Simon Dalby is Professor Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, where he teaches in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is coeditor of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (Routledge 2019) and author of Anthropocene Geopolitics (University of Ottawa Press 2020).

Selam Kidane Abebe is the legal adviser to the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) under the United Nations on Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She is also a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar in Climate Justice at the University of Reading. Before that, she led the policy and legal department of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forest of Ethiopia.

Caroline Kuzemko is an Associate Professor in the University of Warwick’s Politics and International Studies department. She is also the Deputy Leader of the UK Energy Research Centre’s Programme on ‘UK Energy in a Global Context’, and is widely published on the political economy of sustainable energy transitions.

Jatin Nathwani is Professor and the Inaugural Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy. He is the Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo and a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Malini Ranganathan is Associate Professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. Her research is focused on environmental and climate justice and the political economy of urban infrastructure and housing in both India and the United States.

Moderated by Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

About the Global Insights series

“Global Insights” is a weekly live-streamed, moderated panel series which provides different national and regional perspectives on big questions currently facing researchers, policymakers and planners worldwide in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Global Insights feature experts from the BSIA, the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK), the School of International Service at American University (US), the Institute of Strategic Affairs in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and the Department of Politics & Public Administration at the University of Konstanz (Germany) – all leading institutions in the study of international affairs.

This collaborative effort draws on the views of intellectual leaders from various corners of the globe to contribute informed perspectives on a range of different global challenges both during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future sessions will include themes such as The Changing Global Balance of Power; A New Concept of Security; The Future of Democracy; Federalism; Climate Change; Public Health; Technology Innovation; Data, Digitalisation & Governance; Migration and Mobility; and Multilateralism and International Cooperation, and more.

The event is free and open to everyone.

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May 14, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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