What Climate Change Loss and Damage Means for the US and the World

This event brought together a range of speakers who have researched and organised around climate change loss and damage to discuss the potential and limitations of existing policy frameworks, and to examine how climate justice might inform a global response.



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Emily Boyd is Professor in sustainability science and Director of Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. She is a leading social scientist with a specialist focus on the interdisciplinary nexus of poverty, governance and resilience in relation to global environmental change.


Ademola Oluborode Jegede is a Professor of Law and an NRF rated researcher in the School of Law, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa. He holds degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Ibadan and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. His research principally focuses on the interface of climate change and biodiversity loss with human rights of vulnerable populations.


Kyle Whyte (@kylepowyswhyte) is George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. His research addresses environmental justice, focusing on climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and serves on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.




Rebecca Elliott (@RebsFE) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE. Her research examines the economic and political governance of climate change, with a current focus on flood insurance, disaster risk management, and welfare state politics in the United States.


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This event was held on 3 November 2021. It was supported by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and the United States Embassy.

Header image: "Climate Change: Too hot to handle" by John Englart is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

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