Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism
The MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning, City Design and Development group, is pleased to bring together leading scholars, policy experts and practitioners speaking to the opportunities and risks for urban planning and adaptation of an evolving climate security agenda.
The security implications of climate change have become an increasingly dominant framing of the issue both inside and outside of the defense apparatus. As the history of the intersection between defense and urban planning has shown, this could have significant impacts on forms of adaptation in the built environment. In three panels on April 4th from 12:30 - 6:00, the symposium will offer a critical exploration of these issues, pointing to directions for future research and practice.
Simin Davoudi – Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University
Damian F. White – Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences, RISD
Sarah E. Light – Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School
Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center
12:45 - 1:00 Opening Remarks Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher Doctoral Candidates, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
1:00 - 2:00 Keynote - Climate Change and the Securitization of Nature Simin Davoudi Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University
2:15 - 3:45 Panel 1: Framing Climate Security John E. Morton Former Climate and Security Advisor, the Obama National Security Council Capt. James Goudreau U.S. Navy, Retired and Head of Climate, Novartis James P. Allen U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and University of Illinois, Department of Urban and Regional Planning Damian White Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences, RISD
3:45 - 4:15 Coffee Break
4:15 - 4:30 Intro to Panel Two Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher
4:30 - 6:00 Panel 2: The Practice of Climate Security Paul Holland Senior Analyst, Marstel-Day Sarah E. Light Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School Catherine Fox-Lent Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sharon Rooney Chief Planner, Cape Cod Commission Simin Davoudi (moderator)
6:00 - 6:15 Closing Remarks Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher
6:15 - 7:00 Reception
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