RES Climate Change Summit 2022

Summit Date: Thursday 29 September 2022, Online

The RES are pleased to be hosting a half-day, online, Climate Change Summit.  Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the planet in the 21st century, and this event will provide insight for academics, policymakers and educators about challenges and insights that economics can provide relating to climate change.

This event consists of two parts. Professor Lord Nicolas Stern will chair the first part, drawing together a panel of experts on the impact of climate change from economics and the Natural Sciences, and will have the opportunity to explore the likely economic impact of climate change and how economists can continue to contribute to the debate.

The second part of the event will provide practical insight from educators into how we can embed the teaching of climate change within core economics undergraduate units and the general principles that can be applied to embedding climate change within undergraduate degrees.

The event will be hosted online and is open to members free of charge. If you would like to become a member of the RES and attend this summit, please visit our membership pages.

Programme

13.30   Welcome and introductions, Professor Lord Nicolas Stern, LSE
13.35 - 15.00 

Panel Discussion

Chair: Professor Lord Nicolas Stern, LSE

Panel: Alyssa Gilbert, Imperial College, London; Professor Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick and Professor Elizabeth Robinson, LSE

15.00 Short comfort break
15.05 Welcome and introductions Dr Steven Proud, University of Bristol and Deputy-Chair of the RES Education and Training Committee
15.10 - 16.10

Professional Development Session: Teaching Climate Change in the Econ Classroom

Chair: Dr Steven Proud, University of Bristol

Speakers: Professor Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick; Associate Professor Lory Barile, University of Warwick; Dr Christian Spielmann, University of Bristol

16.15 Close and thanks

Part 1: Panel Discussion

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics

Nicholas Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. He has held posts at other UK and overseas universities, and as Chief Economist at both the EBRD and the World Bank. He was Head, UK Government Economic Service 2003-2007, and produced the Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-2019).

Alyssa Gilbert

Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute - Climate change and the Environment | Imperial College, London

Alyssa is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute where she connects relevant research across the university with policy-makers and businesses. She is the interim Director of the Centre for climate change Innovation, helping to support the development and scale up of innovative climate solutions. Alyssa is also co-Chair of the UK Universities climate network, which brought together academic expertise on climate change ahead of the international negotiations in Nov 2021

Prior to joining the university, she worked at a specialist energy and climate consultancy for nearly 12 years on a range of climate change mitigation and adaptation topics. Alyssa has worked with the UK and many other national governments and at the international level. She has also been a member of the Natural Environment Council’s Advisory Network.

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Professor Andrew Oswald

Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science | University of Warwick

Andrew Oswald's work lies mainly at the border between economics and behavioural science, and includes the empirical study of human happiness. He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher and is credited with helping to create the field now known as the economics of happiness, which is one of the fastest growing within social science.

Andrew Oswald has published in various fields within quantitative social science. His latest work lies at the border between economics and behavioural science, and includes the statistical study of the factors that seem to make for a happy society (an important one of which is the natural environment). He has served on the board of the journal Science since 2010. Find out more about Andrew at www.andrewoswald.com

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Professor Elizabeth Robinson

Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | London School of Economics

Elizabeth is an environmental economist with over twenty five years’ experience undertaking research, particularly in lower-income countries, including six while living in Tanzania and Ghana. She focuses on climate change and systemic risk; and tracking the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health, oriented particularly around food security and food systems. From 2004-09 she was coordinating lead author for the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology

for Development, sub-Saharan Africa; she was on the UK Defra Economic Advisory Panel for five years; and in 2019-20, Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health, and Environment.

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Part 2: Teaching Climate Change in the Econ Classrooms

Dr Steven Proud

Deputy Chair | University of Bristol

Steven Proud is a Reader of Economics Education at the University of Bristol, and deputy chair of the Education and Training Committee. He is an editor of the International Review of Economics Education, and is an executive board member of the Economics Network, which works to enhance the quality of economics teaching and learning. Steven's research focusses on using empirical methods to evaluate the impact of pedagogical innovations.

Alongside this, Steven regularly writes for, and is an editor for, the Economics Review, providing application of economics to real-world problems for A-level students.

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Professor Andrew Oswald

Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science | University of Warwick

Andrew Oswald's work lies mainly at the border between economics and behavioural science, and includes the empirical study of human happiness. He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher and is credited with helping to create the field now known as the economics of happiness, which is one of the fastest growing within social science.

Andrew Oswald has published in various fields within quantitative social science. His latest work lies at the border between economics and behavioural science, and includes the statistical study of the factors that seem to make for a happy society (an important one of which is the natural environment). He has served on the board of the journal Science since 2010. Find out more about Andrew at www.andrewoswald.com

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Associate Professor Lory Barile

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies | University of Warwick

Lory is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. Lory has almost 10 years of experience in teaching and related teaching administration. At Warwick Economics, she is currently Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Degrees) and Widening Participation Director.

Alongside this, she is an Associate of the Economics Network and a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA), where she chairs the Education for Sustainable Development Learning Circle. Her research interests are in the field of Behavioural and Environmental Economics, and Economics Education.

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