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The Strategic Nexus Between Climate Change, Energy and Geopolitics

Hosted by LSE IDEAS

Online and in-person public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building)

Speakers

Professor Robert Falkner

Professor Robert Falkner

Dr Rita Floyd

Dr Rita Floyd

Chair

Professor Christopher Coker

Professor Christopher Coker

This lecture, part of a series on Strategy: New Voices will explore the strategic nexus between great power conflict, energy independence and climate action, and how to develop effective international strategies that help us prevent catastrophic global warming.

The war in Ukraine has heightened concerns over the impact that geopolitical instability will have on future climate change and energy policy. Great power tensions and conflict threaten to harm the search for international cooperation on global challenges. At the same time, Russia’s military aggression has galvanised European powers to seek strategic autonomy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuel imports. Will it also end up galvanising leading powers to accelerate the net zero transition? 

Meet our speakers and chair

Robert Falkner is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and was the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment until 2022. His latest book is Great Powers, Climate Change, and Global Environmental Responsibilities.

Rita Floyd has been in Birmingham since April 2012 when she was appointed Birmingham Fellow in Conflict and Security. Before then she was a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick and before then an ESRC post-doctoral fellow. She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of Warwick. Her PhD was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press as Security and the Environment: Securitisation theory and US Environmental Security Policy.

Christopher Coker is the Director of LSE IDEAS. He was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019.

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LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.

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