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Public lecture: Prof Michael Jacobs, Grantham Research Institute

13 May 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free

Michael Jacobs‘Capitalism, carbon and climate change’

Fulton A Lecture Theatre
University of Sussex, Falmer

Public lecture, followed by drinks reception
All welcome

Michael Jacobs is a Visiting Professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, and in the School of Public Policy at University College London. He is a former Special Adviser at the UK Treasury and 10 Downing St.

About the lecture

Climate change is now upon us: the science is incontrovertible.  But the economic downturn has turned public and political attention to more immediate concerns, and climate policy in Britain and the EU is going into reverse.

In this keynote lecture, Michael Jacobs will draw parallels between the financial crisis and the crisis of climate change, both rooted in a failure of orthodox economic theory and political debate to understand the systemic risks built up by an under-regulated capitalism.  Tackling both crises will require a new way of thinking about economic value and economic policy, and a reassertion of the role of politics in securing the public good.

Other events

This lecture is part of a series of public events linked to the 2013 STEPS Centre Summer School on pathways to sustainability.

See the Spring Series events page for more details.

Other events in this series:

20 May: Fuel poverty, climate change and social justice
Public debate with Jim Watson (UK Energy Research Centre), Kirsty Alexander (Head of Communications, Nuclear Industry Association), Doug Parr (Chief Scientist, Greenpeace) and Thurstan Crockett (Head of Sustainability, Brighton & Hove City Council). Chaired by Alice Bell (SPRU – University of Sussex)
Jubilee Library, Brighton

The previously advertised lecture by Johan Rockström on 16 May has been cancelled.


13 May 2013
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Fulton A Lecture Theatre
University of Sussex, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9SJ United Kingdom
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