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Can Technology Deliver a Sustainable Future?

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


Eugenie Dugoua

Eugenie Dugoua

Ria Sen

Ria Sen

Carolyn Steel

Carolyn Steel


Dr Jessica Templeton

Dr Jessica Templeton

Can emerging technologies save the planet? Join us as experts assess the transformational potential of tools like AI to tackle critical environmental challenges such as climate change and food security.

Eugenie Dugoua (@EugenieDugoua) is Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Geography & Environment, LSE. Her interests lie primarily in understanding how institutions and policies influence science, innovation, and technological change so that economic development can be sustainable for the environment and societies. Eugenie recently graduated with a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is also a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University and a Beijer Young Scholar with the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Ria Sen is an LSE alumna and Preparedness Officer with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. Her functions centre on enhancing readiness and capacity of national governments to respond to disasters. Most recently, she served with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, evaluating regional progress in Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Her tenure with the United Nations Development Programme Pacific Office included acting as the team's innovation focal point for driving forward the Pacific’s only South-South cooperation initiative on e-governance. Ria was also formerly engaged with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific to deliver training and develop technical materials on disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific context.

Carolyn Steel (@carolynsteel) is a leading thinker on food and cities. Her first book, Hungry City, received international acclaim, establishing her as an influential voice in a wide variety of fields across academia, industry and the arts. It won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction and was chosen as a BBC Food Programme book of the year.  A London-based architect, academic and writer, Carolyn has lectured at the University of Cambridge, London Metropolitan University, Wageningen University and the London School of Economics and is in international demand as a speaker. Her 2009 TED talk has received more than one million views.

Jessica Templeton is a political scientist and the Director of LSE100, LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course taken by all undergraduates. Jessica’s research focuses on global environmental politics, and particularly on sustainability, global governance of chemicals, and the interface between science and policy. Jessica also writes for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a nonpartisan publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development that analyses multilateral environmental negotiations conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

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This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shape the World running from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, with a series of events exploring how social science can make the world a better place. 


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