Policy Expert Delivers Pardee Lecture on Sustainable Governance

International climate change law and policy expert Prof. Joyeeta Gupta of VU University Amsterdam delivered a Pardee Center Lecture titled “Sustainable Development Governance: ‘Glocal’ Challenges and Opportunities” at the BU Castle on October 11, 2011. Along with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, co-sponsors of the talk included the Boston University Earth and Environment Department, and the Clark University Graduate School of Geography.

Prof. Gupta’s talk was the keynote address associated with the Pardee Center Task Force on Global Environmental Governance in and for the 21st Century, which met 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 Selinalong 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.

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.