Climate Change

Overview

An interdisciplinary lecture series

This interdisciplinary lecture series is timed to coincide with the Cop26 summit, when the climate crisis will be on everyone’s mind. As we hear in the news on a daily basis, the heating of our atmosphere is having profound impacts on natural environments and human societies across the planet. By its nature, it requires an interdisciplinary response, which acknowledges that the science of climate change cannot be separated from the ways we live our lives and think of ourselves as individuals, members of society, and inhabitants of the Earth. Therefore, this series will bring together leading thinkers in a wide variety of academic fields, including meteorology, philosophy, history, economics, religion, biology, diplomacy, and literature. You will be able to view their prerecorded lectures in your own time, and the two live sessions will bring the speakers into conversation with each other, and allow you to ask them questions. We hope you can join us, and be part of the conversation at this pivotal moment for all our futures.

How this lecture series will work

A new recorded lecture will be released weekly each Monday, for the eight weeks of the series. (See release dates below.)

There will be two live, online Q&A sessions for you to join - your chance to ask questions of the speakers. These will be held from 5-6pm (UTC) on two Fridays: 29 October and 26 November.

The recorded lectures will remain online and available to watch and review until Friday 3 December. (For reasons of data privacy, the Q&A sessions will not be recorded.)

Programme details

Monday 4 October

The Science of Climate Change –  Richard Allan

Monday 11 October

Why is Historical Research Essential to Understanding and Addressing Human-caused Planetary Crises? – Amanda Power

Monday 18 October

Setting the Limit: Economics, Ethics and the Carbon Budget –  Douglas Bamford

Monday 25 October

Religion and Climate Change – Vahid Nick Pay

Friday 29 October, 5-6pm BST (UTC+1): LIVE Q&A

Chaired by Ben Grant

Monday 1 November 

Wildfires in the Anthropocene – Imma Oliveras

Monday 8 November

One Earth, One Mankind: How to Live in Harmony With Our Planet – Donna Harris and Jean-Christophe Wrobel-Daveau

Monday 15 November

Sunburnt Stories: Climate and Literature - Rajat Chaudhuri

Monday 22 November

Climate Justice and the International Regime – Chucks Okereke

Friday 26 November, 5-6pm GMT (UTC): LIVE Q&A

Chaired by Ben Grant

Fees

Description Costs
8 lectures, 2 live interactive sessions: £110.00

Funding

If you are a UK resident in receipt of a UK state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Prof Richard Allan

Speaker

Richard P. Allan is Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading Department of Meteorology. His research is driven by the fundamental question: how much will Earth warm in the current century and what are the implications for the global water cycle, upon which societies and ecosystems depend? He uses Earth Observation data to explore fluctuations in clouds, water vapour, rainfall and the Earth's radiative energy balance and use this information to assess the realism of climate prediction models and improve our understanding of the climate system. He is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th assessment report.

Dr Doug Bamford

Speaker

Doug Bamford teaches courses in philosophy and political economy at OUDCE. His main interest is in political philosophy and its application to public policy. He received his PhD in Political Philosophy at the University of Warwick in 2013. He is author of Rethinking Taxation (Searching Finance, 2014) and several papers (including articles in the Journal of Applied Philosophy and Moral Philosophy and Politics). He blogs at Doug Bamford's Tax Appeal.

Mr Rajat Chaudhuri

Speaker

Rajat Chaudhuri is a bilingual writer and activist. He has published fiction in English and Bengali, edited volumes of speculative and solarpunk (co-edited) stories from the Asia-Pacific and translated Bengali underground poetry and an early twentieth century memoir of a mystery author set in Calcutta’s back-alleys. His most recent novel The Butterfly Effect has been listed twice by Book Riot, US as a ‘Fifty must read eco-disasters in fiction’ and among ‘Ten works of environmental literature from around the world’. He has been a British Council-Charles Wallace Fellow at University of Chichester and a Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Scotland. Chaudhuri engages with the climate crisis through his column for the New Indian Express besides other venues. The cli-fi video game, Survive the Century features his short fiction with those of three other writers.

Twitter: @rajatchaudhuri

Web: www.rajatchaudhuri.net

Dr Ben Grant

Director of Studies

Dr Ben Grant is a Lecturer in English Literature in the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. He has a research background in postcolonial studies and cultural translation. His first book, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton: Power Play of Empire (2009), was about the iconic Victorian explorer and translator, Richard Francis Burton, who began his career as a spy in British India. Ben is also interested in all forms of brevity in literature, and his second book, The Aphorism and Other Short Forms (2016), aims to give a consolidated picture of the exciting and often marginalised genres of the aphorism and related short forms, such as the proverb and the fragment. Ben is currently working on life writing and autobiographical fiction, particularly in the work of Jenny Diski.

Dr Donna Harris

Speaker

Donna is a Behavioural and Experimental Economist who uses interdisciplinary methods that combine psychology, economics, and neuroscience to study individual and group behaviours with policy applications in developing countries

Her current research examines how social identity and social interactions (through observing other’s choices and face-to-face communication) influence people’s decisions and behaviours in a wide range of context. These include resource allocation, charitable giving and social preferences, cooperation, financial learning and financial decisions, decisions involving risk and uncertainty, and cooperation in public goods. She also works on in-group favouritism and out-group discrimination and whether social norm enforcement can be used to deter in-group favouritism. She is also interested in studying corruption, particularly personal connections and nepotism and different policy interventions that could be used to combat corruption.

Donna holds PhD and MPhil in Economics from University of Cambridge, MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has been awarded research grants from the British Academy and a joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK.

Dr Vahid Nick Pay

Speaker

Lecturer in International Politics, Department for Continuing Education, Diplomatic Studies Programme

https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/profiles/vahid-nick-pay

 

Prof Chukwumerije Okereke

Speaker

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Development at Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria. He was Previously Co-Director of the Center for Climate and Justice and the Leverhulme Climate Justice Doctoral Scholarship Programme at the University of Reading. Prof Okereke is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Oxford University Center of Environment and Coordinating Lead Author in the Working Group 3 of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

Dr Imma Oliveras

Speaker

Imma Oliveras is an ecosystem ecologist who explores the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems to global change. She is interested in how changes in the abiotic conditions – and particularly extreme drought events and modified fire regimes – affect plant form and function, and how this aggregates to diversity and ecosystem functioning. She is particularly passionate about mountainous and tropical environments. Imma is a Lecturer and Deputy Leader of the Ecosystems Program at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford, where she leads a research group in disturbance ecology and global change. She is Deputy Leader of the Ecosystems Program, and Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College.

Dr Amanda Power

Speaker

Amanda Power is a historian of religion, power and intellectual life in medieval Europe. She has been involved in developing the field of global medieval history, and new approaches to historical study that speak to the concerns of the mounting climate and environmental crisis. She is working on a monograph, Medieval Histories of the Anthropocene. It locates our current situation in the context of millennia in which state-building involved the conscious dislocation of humans from local ecosystems and specific and sustainable practices, while creating powerful and enduring narratives about civilisation, barbarism, rationality, and the use of resources. She is co-convenor of the Oxford-based Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences network, and the Anthropocene Histories seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research in London. She edits the Premodern Ecosystems: Climate, Environment, People series for ARC Humanities Press.

Dr Jean-Christophe Wrobel-Daveau

Speaker

Jean-Christophe Wrobel-Daveau is a Structural and Plate Tectonics Advisor with Halliburton-Landmark. He has 12 years of industry experience as a geoscientist in the energy sector, specialising in the building of global plate tectonic models and subsurface models in data poor and structurally complex regions. More recently his interest has focussed on minerals exploration and the prediction of global resources such as porphyry copper as well as the transfer of subsurface modeling technics to the exploration of geothermal fields. As a post-graduate geologist, he worked on the kinematic evolution of the Zagros Fold-and-Thrust Belt and the evolution of the Southern Tethys paleo-ocean. Dr Wrobel-Daveau has BSc and MSc degrees in geochemistry, geochronology and cosmonucleids dating methods from University of Grenoble, France and a PhD in structural geology and detrital thermochronology from Cergy-Pontoise University, France.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

You will be able to access online lectures until a week after the end of the course.