Round-table discussion on the environment – June 16th 2017, Richmond University

The Wellbeing Research Centre, based at the Richmond Business School, is hosting a roundtable discussion on a number of themes linked to some of the core environmental challenges of our time. This discussion is especially timely given that October 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. One of our panelists will speak directly to this, whilst others have merely been encouraged to review this work and take stock of its conclusions and assess these more generally.

Arrival and coffee 09:30 – 10:00, then schedule as follows:

  • 10:00-10:30, Keynote Speaker – Dr Paul Fisher (Visiting Professor at Richmond and formerly Deputy Head of the Prudential Regulation Authority at the Bank of England) will open the session with his keynote address on the relationship between climate change and risks to the financial sector. In this talk he will discuss the current state of play of policy making to address these risks.
  • 10:30-10:50 – Dr John Curran (Independent academic and recently Principal Lecturer at London Metropolitan University) will explore some of the implications of Professor Nick Stern’s 2006 report on the economics of climate change and ask whether the report is still important 10 years after its publication; facilitated by Parviz Dabir-Alai.
  • 10:55-11:15 – Jialiang Zhang (Senior Consultant at Ecofys) will discuss carbon pricing and some of the recent global developments impacting this (for example, the Paris Agreement of 2015); facilitated by Nastaran Norouzi.
  • 11:20-12:00 – DISCUSSION
  • 12:00-13:00 – LUNCH
  • 13:10-13:30 – Dr Wayne Clark (Associate Professor of Science, at Richmond) will look at several aspects of the physical environment. In this regard his talk is entitled “What is ‘natural’, what is ‘rare’? The ethics of alien species, upland farming, conservation, and re-wilding”; facilitated by David Munyinyi.
  • 13:35-13:55 – Hilary Jennings (Director of the Happy Museum Project) will discuss her work as the part-time Director of the Happy Museum Project (HMP) which works with museums to develop their role in civil society, and working with communities to build resilience through well-being and environmental sustainability. The title of her presentation is “How can museums help foster wellbeing that doesn’t cost the Earth“. The HMP works with a community of museums across the UK and has recently launched a new Affiliate Scheme; facilitated by Nicola Mann.
  • 14:00-14:20 – Dr Mike Keating (Professor of International Political Economy, at Richmond) will discuss the role of appropriate technology in the context of a low-carbon energy transition; facilitated by Sabine Spangenberg.
  • 14:25-15:00 – Discussion and Close

Venue: Room 106 Briggs Hall, Richmond University, Ansdell Street, London W8 5BN (a 5 minute walk from High Street Kensington).


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