Category: 2014

GEGI Co-Directors Co-Author Article in The Washington Post

December 18th, 2014 in 2014, News

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Professors Cornel Ban & Kevin Gallagher

An article co-written by Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI) Co-Directors, Prof. Kevin Gallagher and Prof. Cornel Ban, was published on December 17 in The Washington Post.

In the article, titled “The IMF’s perestroika moment,“ the authors discuss the changes to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the economic crisis in 2008. This discussion is detailed further in a forthcoming special issue of the journal Governance. The authors argue that the IMF’s “commitment to a conservative view of economic development…is outdated.”

GEGI is a research program of the Center for Finance, Law & Policy, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

2014 Pardee Summer Fellow Wins Santander Universities Scholarship

December 3rd, 2014 in 2014, News

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2014 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Abhishek Sharma was recently awarded a Santander Universities Scholarship, offered by the Department of Global Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health.

With colleagues at the BU Center for Global Health and Development (BU CGHD), Abhishek has been working on research projects regarding global trade/markets and access to insulin. This scholarship will support Abhishek’s research on access to insulin in India at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, India. Starting in January 2015, he will spend six weeks at PHFI conducting a quantitative time-series (2004-2012) insulin consumption study. This will be a collaborative effort with colleagues at BU CGHD and PHFI. The study aims to inform policies and clinical practices regarding insulin use for improving access to insulin in India, the country with the highest number of people living with diabetes in the world.

Visit the Graduate Summer Fellows Program page to learn more about the program.

Pardee Center Seeks Two Research Fellows to Start Summer 2015

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, News

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University invites applications for two Research Fellow appointments, at either the Postdoctoral or Assistant Research Scientist level, starting in the summer of 2015, each for a two-year appointment.

The available positions are for a Natural Scientist with strong quantitative skills and a demonstrated interest in applying them to challenges in the interaction of human systems and the physical environment, and a Social Scientist with a focus on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, and/or significant development challenges. For more details on these positions, click here.

The Pardee Center is also seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to begin in early 2015 who will play a lead role in conducting a comparative analysis of large-scale systems for energy security in developing countries.

Applications should be sent to pdpardee@bu.edu as instructed in the postings.

Pardee Center Director Video Featured in Indian Country Article

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, News

TonyVideoFrederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future Director Anthony Janetos was featured in a November 4, 2014 article in the Indian Country titled “Mitigation and Emissions Reduction is Our Key to Survival, Scientists Say.”

The article discusses the Third US National Climate Assessment. The article and featured video focus on the mitigation chapter of the report, which Prof. Janetos was co-coordinating lead author of with Henry (Jake) Jacoby of MIT.

The Story Group created a video for each chapter of the national assessment. The videos can be found here.

National Climate Assessment: Mitigation chapter from The Story Group on Vimeo.

Former Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows Speak at Information Session

November 3rd, 2014 in 2014, News

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Former Graduate Summer Fellows at information session (top left to bottom right): Laurie Wissler, Abhishek Sharma, Sarah Hill, Xiaojing Tang, and Jonars Spielberg

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future held its first information session on the Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows Program on October 31, 2014 with approximately 45 Boston University graduate students in attendance.

Pardee Center Director Anthony Janetos and Associate Director Cynthia Barakatt provided an overview of the program and the application process. Attendees also heard from former Graduate Summer Fellows about their experience in the program and were able to ask questions about the 10-week summer session.

Current BU graduate students who are interested in applying for Pardee Graduate Summer Fellowships can learn more about the program on our website. The application period for the 2015 fellowships will open in late January with a deadline in mid-March.

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Pardee Center Director and Faculty Fellow Quoted in the Daily Free Press

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, News

TonyHenrikFrederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future Director Anthony Janetos was featured in an October 30, 2014 article in the Daily Free Press titled “Boston University staff, students support adoption of new standardized climate change indicator system.” The article discusses an indicator system that would show impacts and response strategies to climate change, which Prof. Janetos said must be implemented in order to make real change.

Pardee Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of International Relations Henrik Selin was also quoted in the article. “An indicator system would be a very valuable addition to the more global-scale modeling and climate change research…Right now, climate change for most people is something that is happening far, far away. If this indicator system can help us better understand what that means for us here, people might have a better chance to connect and relate with that, which could be an important indirect influence on policy,” said Selin.

Prof. Janetos noted that the 2014 National Climate Assessment Report, which he served on the external federal advisory committee for and is also a co-convening lead author on the mitigation chapter, will help the public and private sectors to better understand proactive solutions to climate change impacts. A system of indicators will “provide meaningful, authoritative, climate-relevant measures about the status, rates and trends of key physical, ecological and societal variables and values,” he said.

At an October 23 talk at Boston University titled “Developing Indicators of Impacts and Change in the U.S. – Sustaining National Assessments of Climate Change,” Prof. Janetos discussed further the value a standardized climate change indicator system would have on climate change research.

2014 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Wins Fulbright-Hays Fellowship

October 29th, 2014 in 2014, News

Lilly2014 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellow Lilly Havstad was recently awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to support her research in Mozambique and Portugal.

Havstad is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department at Boston University. For her dissertation, she is researching changing foodways and the emergence of an African middle class in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, from the early 20th century to present time. She is using food as a lens to explore social and cultural change in an urban setting. She is particularly interested in understanding processes of cultural mixing and gender dynamics that have shaped Maputo’s middle class over time.

Havstad will spend the next year in Mozambique conducting archival and ethnographic research, collecting oral histories, and mapping Maputo’s changing foodways. She will then go on to Lisbon, Portugal for additional archival research.

Visit the Graduate Summer Fellows Program page to learn more about the program.

Other Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellows who have received Fulbright-Hays awards include:

Sea Level Rise & the Future of Coastal Cities Conference, Nov 13-14

October 27th, 2014 in 2014, News

The Initiative on Cities and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future will co-sponsor the conference “Sea Level Rise & the Future of Coastal Cities” on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14, 2014 in the Metcalf Trustee Center. The conference will examine how cities are planning for and adapting to rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and changing coastlines.

Mayors, scientists, city and federal officials, as well as urban planners and developers will come together to discuss the known and emerging threats. Together, they will examine the pioneering actions that can protect the future livability and sustainability of coastal cities.

For more information on the speakers, panels, and topics, visit the Sea Level Rise & the Future of Coastal Cities website. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

The event will be held Thursday evening from 5-6:30p.m. and all-day on Friday (9am.-4:30p.m.).

The event will also have a live stream both days.

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The meeting will examine what is known, what cities are already doing to increase their resilience and reduce risks to their citizens, and explore design principles and innovations that contribute to more resilient cities. The day will close with a critical discussion of how new partnerships between business, cities, and academia could yield practical innovations that can be deployed to protect and enhance urban communities.

The full conference agenda is available here.

Pardee Faculty Fellow’s Presentation Featured in CityLab Article

October 22nd, 2014 in 2014, News

Susie Foster IconPardee Center Faculty Fellow Susan Foster‘s presentation at the Pardee Center conference “The Future is Now: Urban Asia in the 21st Century” was featured in the CityLab article “As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns.”

Foster’s presentation “Promise and Peril: Urbanization and Public Health in Asian Cities” focused on some of the ways that urbanization can negatively impact individual and public health. The article discussed how rural migrants moving into big cities can take on bad habits including being more sedentary, consuming unhealthy foods, and increased tobacco use.

Nearly 65 percent of people living in cities in China–where tobacco use is actually encouraged by the government–are smokers. “We have to wean governments, as well as people, off the addiction to tobacco,” says Foster.

CityLab is the digital expansion of the Atlantic.

To view more information and presentations from the conference, visit our Urban Asia page.

2011 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Featured in BU Lecture Series

October 16th, 2014 in 2014, News

Mulderig photo2011 Pardee Center Graduate Summer Fellow M. Chloe Mulderig will give a lecture on Monday, October 20, 2014 as part of the Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series. Her presentation is titled ”Social Sanctioning and Religious Subjectivities Among Young Women in Fes, Moroco.”

M. Chloe Mulderig is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at BU. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and her B.A. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Dartmouth College.

The lecture will be held at 232 Bay State Road, Room 505 from 12-1:30p.m. More information can be found here.

The Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series was inaugurated in the fall of 1977, at the initiative of two doctoral candidates in BU’s Political Science department. It was named after Walter Rodney, the Guyanese scholar and political activist murdered in his native country in 1980. The Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series is sponsored by the African Studies Center at BU.

Visit the Graduate Summer Fellows Program page to learn more about the program.