Pardee Center Sponsors Lecture on Sustainable Development Governance

GuptaThe Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is sponsoring a lecture by international climate change policy and law expert Prof. Joyeeta Gupta of VU University Amsterdam on Thursday, Oct. 11 beginning at 5 p.m. at The Castle. Titled “Sustainable Development Governance: ‘Glocal’ Challenges and Opportunities,” the lecture is co-sponsored by the Boston University Earth and Environment Department and the Clark University Graduate School of Geography.

In her talk, Prof. Gupta will discuss the key global-to-local (or “glocal”) changes in environmental issues and their definitions, the changing nature of governance at global through to local levels, and the impacts of these changes on problem-solving and relations between countries and peoples. She will use examples from the fields of climate change, water, and forests to illustrate these issues.

The lecture is open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 3. Please register here.

Prof. Gupta’s talk is the keynote address associated with the Pardee Center Task Force on Global Environmental Governance in and for the 21st Century, which is meeting at Pardee House on Oct. 11 and 12. The Task Force includes 13 experts on environmental governance at various scales, including Prof. Gupta, and is co-chaired by Pardee Faculty Fellows Anne Short and Henrik Selin along with Prof. James McCarthy of the Clark University Graduate School of Geography. As an outcome of the meeting, the group will produce a Pardee Task Force Report to be published in 2013. All Pardee publications are available to download at our Publications Library.

Speaker Biography:

Joyeeta Gupta is professor of climate change policy and law at the VU University Amsterdam and of water and environmental law and policy at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She will be joining the University of Amsterdam as Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South as of 1 January 2013. She is editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (IF 1.659) and is on the editorial board of several other environmental law and climate change journals. She was and continues to be lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which won the Zaved Second Prize. She is on the scientific steering committees of many different international programmes including the Global Water Systems Project and Earth System Governance. She is the author of several books most recently, Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development Cooperation: Theory, Practice and Implications for the European Union, Cambridge University Press. Her current edited book on forests is in press.