Join the Global Sustainability author webinar series to explore the latest impactful research published in the journal.
Take part in these short and essential webinars to enrich your research and take this opportunity to chat with experts in the field of global sustainability. Each webinar will include a short presentation from the author, followed by a discussion session with the audience.
These webinars are open to all free of charge, but please register to attend.
We are currently taking a break from our webinar series - please check back next year for the new webinars in the series!
Past webinars - video recordings made available where possible
Speaker: Dirk Bezemer
Date/Time: Tuesday 4th May, 4pm BST
Title: Seize the day: opportunities and costs in the COVID-19 crisis
Background: Dirk Bezemer studied agriculture and economics in Wageningen and Amsterdam. He worked on a European Commission research project at Imperial College (University of London) and in development economics with the British Department for International Development and the Overseas Development Institute. At the University of Groningen, he has led a team of researchers to compile, with support from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a new database to enable research on the impact of bank credit on the growth, stability and resilience of economies. He worked with the OECD, UNCTAD, The Democracy Collaborative and the Bank of England. In addition to dozens of academic publications and frequent media contributions, his 2020 book on the post-corona Dutch economy has led to numerous public lectures and private consultations. Dirk Bezemer regularly advises political parties and the Dutch House of Commons on policy issues. He writes a biweekly economics column for the general public and is a member of the Sustainable Finance Lab. He is a professor but cannot solve Sudokus.
Speaker: Saleem H. Ali
Date/Time: Wednesday 9th June, 10am BST
Title: Cities and COVID-19: navigating the new normal
Background: Saleem H. Ali is a Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware; a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Queensland (Australia); and a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment. His research focuses on environmental security, climate diplomacy and industrial ecology, particularly involving extractive industries. Professor Ali's fieldwork experience has spanned over 100 countries on six continents for which he has also been named a National Geographic Explorer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future, (Yale Univ. Press) and Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press), as well as over 120 peer reviewed journal articles. He is also a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel and the Science Panel for the Global Environment Facility. Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude). He is a citizen of Australia, Pakistan and the United States.
Speaker: Kira Vinke
Date/Time: Tuesday 29th June, 3pm BST
Video: to come
Title: Corona and the climate: a comparison of two emergencies
Lessons from the corona crisis can help manage the even more daunting challenge of anthropogenic global warming.
Background: Dr. Kira Vinke works at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as the project lead of EPICC (East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities), an interdisciplinary project on the co-production of knowledge about regional climate and hydrological systems and their interactions with agricultural livelihoods, human migration and security. Dr. Vinke is the co-chair of the Advisory Board to the Federal German Government on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding. In 2020 she published an article on the parallels of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Climate Crisis together with an interdisciplinary author team in Global Sustainability.
Speaker: William Lamb
Date/Time: Wednesday 7th July, 4pm BST
Title: Discourses of climate delay
‘Discourses of climate delay’ pervade current debates on climate action. These discourses accept the existence of climate change, but justify inaction or inadequate efforts. In contemporary discussions on what actions should be taken, by whom and how fast, proponents of climate delay would argue for minimal action or action taken by others. They focus attention on the negative social effects of climate policies and raise doubt that mitigation is possible. In this webinar Will Lamb discusses the common features of climate delay discourses and provide a guide to identifying them.
Background: Dr. Lamb works at the Mercator Research Institute for Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin, Germany. He is currently involved in an ERC funded consortium exploring the social sciences of geoengineering and carbon dioxide removal in Europe (GENIE), and is a contributing author and chapter scientist in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report. Dr. Lamb’s research focuses on the linkages between human well-being, energy consumption and emissions, and climate change mitigation. He explores this topic from multiple perspectives, including empirical and historical trends, ex-post assessments of climate policies, and political economy. He is also interested in public discourses, particularly those that remark on the well-being and social aspects of climate policies, which led to the publication of “Discourses of climate delay” in the Global Sustainability journal.
Speaker: Christoph Rupprecht
Date/Time: Wednesday 21st July, 1pm BST
Title: Multispecies sustainability
The sustainability concept seeks to balance how present and future generations of humans meet their needs. But because nature is viewed only as a resource, sustainability fails to recognize that humans and other living beings depend on each other for their well-being. We therefore argue that true sustainability can only be achieved if the interdependent needs of all species of current and future generations are met, and propose calling this ‘multispecies sustainability’. In this webinar Christoph will explore the concept through visualizations and scenarios, then consider how it might be applied through case studies involving bees and healthy green spaces.
Background: Dr Christoph Rupprecht is a geographer working on cities and sustainability from the perspectives of food, agriculture, green space, degrowth and multispecies/more-than-human thinking. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Design, Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation at Ehime University (Japan), where he founded the Multispecies Sustainability Laboratory. He is also a Founding Director at the non-profit organization FEAST (a follow-up to the FEAST Project (2016-2021) at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature), seeking to promote systemic transformation towards sustainability in agrifood systems. Recent endeavors include the co-edited science-fiction anthology “Multispecies Cities” (April 2021) exploring more-than-human urban futures in the Asia-Pacific through a solarpunk lens.