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Past Events 2012-13

Workshops

Spring 2013
Workshops are open to the public. Contact Jayne Bialkowski for more information.

April 12-13, 2013
The Ethics of Risk and Climate Change
Friday, April 12: 8:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

About the workshop
Climate change generates risks for the population of the Earth, and climate policies seek to manage the risks but are also plagued with uncertain outcomes. This workshop will explore the ethical aspects of dealing with risk for the relevant actors of climate management: scientists, policymakers, economic agents, and citizens through papers presented by economists, philosophers, climate scientists, environmental economists, and political theorists. Discussants include policymakers in the area of climate change.

Workshop organizers
Marc Fleurbaey, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Melissa Lane, professor of politics; and Stéphane Zuber, Centre de Recherche Sens, Ethique et Societe 
 


Meetings

2012-2013 

FALL 2012 
Wednesday, September 19
U.S. Public Views on Climate Change: Insights from Polling
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
Commentator:   Robert Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
4:30 p.m.
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Thursday, September 27
Climate Change, the IPCC, and International Policy Architecture 
Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University
Commentator:  Robert Keohane, Professor of Public and International Affairs
4:30 p.m.
016 Robertson Hall

Wednesday, October 10
Communicating "Uncertainty" to an Uncertain Public: Implications for the Moral Judgment System
Ezra Markowitz, postdoctoral research associate, PIIRS
Commentator:   Melissa S. Lane, professor of politics
4:30 p.m.
015 Robertson Hall

Wednesday, October 24
Hitting the Roof of Analytical Framework: Epistemological Uncertainty in Bioenergy Assessments
Felix Creutzig, visiting associate research scholar, PIIRS; Department of the Economics of Climate Change, Technical University Berlin
Commentator:   Stephen W. Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 1 Robertson Hall

Wednesday, November 7
Perceptions of Scientific Dissent Undermine Public Support for Environmental Policy
Johannes Urpelainen, visiting associate research scholar, PIIRS; assistant professor of political science, Columbia University
Commentator:  Scott Barrett, visiting research scholar, PIIRS; Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University
4:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Wednesday, November 28
Psychological Barriers to Understanding and Using Uncertainty
Elke Weber, visiting research collaborator, PIIRS;  and Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business, Earth Institute Professor, and professor of psychology, Columbia University
Commentator:   Johannes Urpelainen, visiting associate research scholar, PIIRS; assistant professor of political science, Columbia University
4:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Wednesday, December 12
Climate Uncertainty and Development: The Indian Conundrum
Milind Kandlikar, visiting research scholar, PIIRS/Reed Visiting Environmental Economist, Princeton Environmental Institute; associate professor. Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
Commentator  Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs
4:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall 
 

SPRING 2013
Wednesday, February 13
The Two Cultures in Environmental Studies
Kenneth Hiltner, University of California, Santa Barbara
4:30 p.m.
10 Gyoyt Hall
Cosponsored with the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Department of English

Wednesday, February 20
Contending with Uncertainty: the Y2K Episode
John Koskinen, business adviser; former assistant to President Clinton and chair of the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion
Commentator: Scott Barrett, Columbia University 
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall

Wednesday, February 27
Panel Discussion
China and Climate Change Policy
Panel:
Robert O. Keohane, professor of public and international affairs, WWS; Denise Mauzerall, professor of civil and environmental engineering and public and international affairs, WWS; and Zhu Tong, visiting research scholar, WWS, and 2012-13 Princeton Global Scholar, and director of the Center for Environment and Health and Cheung Kong Chair Professor in the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, both at Beijing University
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Cosponsored with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program

Wednesday, March 6
On the Sensitivity of International Cooperation to Uncertainty about Climate Change
Scott Barrett, Columbia University
Commentator: Robert O. Keohane, professor of public and international affairs, WWS
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall

Wednesday, March 13
Climate Change Uncertainty in Development Projects
Stephane Hallegatte, World Bank
Commentator: Felix Creutzig, Berlin Technical University
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 2, Robertson Hall

Wednesday, March 27
Communicating Uncertainty in the H1N1 Pandemic
Leslie Gerwin, associate director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs
Commentator: Robert O. Keohane, professor of public and international affairs, WWS
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall

Thursday, March 28
Political Inconsistency and Scientific Uncertainty: An Experimental Test
Dustin Tingley, Harvard University
Michael Tomz, Stanford University
Commentator: Johannes Urpelainen, Columbia University
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 2, Robertson Hall

Wednesday, April 24
IPCC Report on Climate and Uncertainty
Howard Kunreuther, University of Pennsylvania,  and Elke Weber, Columbia University
Commentator: Felix Creutzig, Technical University Berlin
4:30 p.m.
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall