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Planet Earth Lecture Series 2016: Professor Karen O'Brien
Tue 18 October 2016, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Climate Change and Transformations to Sustainability: Why People Matter!
- Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway
Humans are not just the problem behind climate change; they are also the solution to global sustainability. In this presentation, I will discuss the challenge of climate change from a social perspective and consider the potential for systemic transformations to sustainability. Focusing on the practical, political and personal spheres of transformation, I will argue that we matter much more than we think. The talk will emphasize the importance of shifting the focus from behavioral change to political agency, and consider the potential role of Future Earth’s Transformations Knowledge Action Network in generating this shift.
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Karen O´Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Her research explores how transdisciplinary and integral approaches to global change research can contribute to a better understanding of how societies both create and respond to change. Her current research project, ‘AdaptationCONNECTS,’ focuses on the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability, with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, flexibility and empowerment. She has written and edited numerous books and papers on climate change and its implications for human security, has participated in four IPCC reports and is on the Science Committee for Future Earth. She is also the co-founder of cCHANGE.no (https://cchange.no/), an initiative to promote transformation in a changing climate.
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Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Queen Mother Conference Centre
9 Queen Street