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ESG Speaker Series: Geopolitical Turmoil and Earth System Governance

Event start: April 20th

Event description

While planetary system crises are intensifying, the war in Ukraine has shifted attention to a longer trend of a shifting geopolitical landscape. This geopolitical turmoil challenges the multilateral context in which global environmental governance seeks to shape solutions and realize sustainability transformations.

In this upcoming session, the Earth System Governance Speaker Series will return to interrogate the widespread consequences of the current geopolitical turmoil for earth system governance. We examine such consequences across timescales and perspectives ranging from global diplomacy, food systems, energy, security, material value chains and economics.


This edition of the ESG Speaker Series will place on April 20th from 16.00-17.30 CEST.

The event will include three panelists:

  • Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram
  • Dr. Marie Claire Brisbois
  • Prof. Simon Dalby

Each scholar will present their thoughts and perspectives, organised as a roundtable.

After this has concluded, there will be an audience Q&A and panel discussion of around 30-35 minutes. The session will be chaired by Dr. Agni Kalfagianni, Utrecht University.

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About the panel

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is a Research Fellow at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) and Guest Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin – under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship (for postdocs) 2022-23. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. Her primary fields of interest include climate politics and diplomacy, environmental security and military, regional environmental policy in Asia, and environmental peacebuilding.

Dr. Marie Claire Brisbois is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy at SPRU, and Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group. Her work examines questions of power, politics and influence in energy, water and climate governance contexts. She also works on broader issues of social change and public participation in low carbon transitions. Marie Claire leads a work package for the H2020 CINTRAN (Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition – Unravelling the Challenges of Structural Change) project examining the coping strategies of people experiencing direct impacts of coal phase outs, and how elite power plays out in these contexts. Her other research activities include participatory and collaborative environmental governance, the military and security implications of energy transitions, and science communications through both citizen science and open data.

Simon Dalby is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, where he teaches in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He is the author of Anthropocene Geopolitics: Globalization, Security, Sustainability (University of Ottawa Press 2020), and co editor of Reframing Climate Change: Constructing Ecological Geopolitics (Routledge 2016) and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Global Governance Challenges (Routledge 2019). He has active research interests in contemporary climate change discourse and the burgeoning debate about the Anthropocene and its implications for politics and policy formulation.

Dr. Agni Kalfagianni is Associate Professor of Transnational Sustainability Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. As a member of the Environmental Governance group, her research specializes in the effectiveness, legitimacy, and ethical and justice considerations of private and transnational forms of governance in the sustainability domain. Agni sits in the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance Project and has the rotating co-chair role for the period 2019-2021.


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