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Colonial power and climate change | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: Power and Politics

In-person and online public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Dr Mark Nesbitt

Dr Mark Nesbitt

Professor Laura Pulido

Professor Laura Pulido

Dr Jake Subryan Richards

Dr Danielle Purifoy

Dr Danielle Purifoy


Dr Kasia Paprocki

Dr Kasia Paprocki

Environmental concerns may be rising higher on political agendas worldwide. Yet the responses we are developing to climate change are each fundamentally built from the same imperial systems that have brought us to this crisis point.  

If climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today, then understanding how power shapes climate change, and our role within this dynamic, must be among the most urgent tasks for contemporary social science.  

This panel will discuss this relationship between history and contemporary environmental governance. Bringing together a group of academics whose expertise spans geographies and historical time periods, we will investigate the links between how power is exercised historically and efforts to manage and transform environments in the present. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Mark Nesbitt (@Economicbotany) is Curator of the Economic Botany Collection at Kew Gardens and Visiting Professor in Practice in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. 

Laura Pulido is Collins Chair and Professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies and Geography at the University of Oregon and Centennial Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE 

Danielle Purifoy (@daniellepurifoy) is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Visiting Fellow in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. 

Jake Subryan Richards (@Jake_S_Richards) is Assistant Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. 

Kasia Paprocki (@KasiaPaprocki) is Associate Professor of Environment in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Power and Politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.  

The Department of Geography and Environment (@LSEGeography) is a centre of international academic excellence in economic, urban and development geography, environmental social science and climate change.

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