It is widely acknowledged that engaging a wider range of people in conversations about climate engineering is desirable. Rather than reporting out specific insights derived from existing public engagement work, this panel will step back, addressing issues related to the rationales, promises, and challenges associated with public engagements in this domain more generally.
Jane Flegal is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley, where she is also affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society and the Energy & Environment Policy Lab. Her research focuses on science and technology policy, in particular on the politics of science and expertise in the governance of emerging technologies. Jane is a Visiting Fellow at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University in fall 2017. Prior to beginning her PhD, Jane worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, where she led research on climate engineering and federal energy innovation policy. She earned a BA in Environmental Studies & Politics from Mount Holyoke College in 2009.
Michael Thompson is the Managing Director for the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, and Policy Advisor with the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative. Previously he has been a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and The Energy and Resources Institute in Delhi, India.
Arunabha Ghosh is CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), consistently ranked (three years running) as one of South Asia's leading policy research institutions; and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. With work experience in 40 countries and having previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York) and WTO (Geneva), Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world. He is the co-author/editor of four books: The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016); Energising India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2016); Human Development and Global Institutions (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). Arunabha’s essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature was selected as one of 2015’s ten most influential essays. Dr Ghosh has advised the Prime Minister’s Office and several ministries; was invited by France to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations; has been actively involved with the International Solar Alliance; and serves on the Executive Committee of the India-U.S. PACEsetter Fund. He also co-chaired the international governance working group of the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and in 2016 was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford.
Dr. Long was chair of the Task Force on Geoengineering for the Bipartisan Policy Center and chairman of the California Council on Science and Technology’s California’s Energy Future committee. She serves on the board of directors for the Clean Air Task Force, the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Board, the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment Advisory Board, and the Center for Carbon Removal Advisory Board.
Dr. Long recently retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she was the Principal Associate Director at Large, Fellow in the LLNL Center for Global Strategic Research and the Associate Director for Energy and Environment. She is currently a senior contributing scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund and was the Dean of the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno and Department Chair for the Energy Resources Technology and the Environmental Research Departments at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Dr. Long holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and Masters and PhD from U. C. Berkeley, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was named Alum of the Year in 2012 by the Brown University School of Engineering. Dr. Long is an Associate of the National Academies of Science (NAS) and a Senior Fellow and council member of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and the Breakthrough Institute.
Rob Bellamy is a James Martin Research Fellow in the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford. He is an environmental geographer and environmental social scientist, specialising in interdisciplinary research at the interface between human geography, environmental science, science and technology studies and social psychology. His research focuses on the interactions between climate change and society, particularly in relation to decision making, public participation, innovation governance and risk perception. Rob is currently involved in research projects on public participation in energy transitions, assessment of climate adaptation innovations, developing policy instruments for greenhouse gas removal technologies, and the socio-political feasibility of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. He has previously been involved in projects on climate geoengineering assessment and governance.
Masa Sugiyama is an associate professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo. His recent research focuses on public engagement (particularly from an Asian perspective) and governance of solar geoengineering as well as integrated assessment of mitigation.
Peter C. Frumhoff is director of science and policy and chief climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – a non-profit science advocacy organization headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A global change ecologist, he has published and lectured widely on climate science and policy, the climate responsibilities of fossil fuel companies and the conservation and management of tropical forests and biological diversity.
He serves on the board of directors of the American Wind Wildlife Institute, the steering committee for the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, and the Board of Editors of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, and is a non-faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Previously, he served on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science at the US Department of Interior, and the Board of Editors of Ecological Applications.
He was a lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, lead author of the 2000 IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry and Chair of the 2007 Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA). He was the 2014 Cox Visiting Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. Previously, he taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University and the University of Maryland, and was a AAAS Science and Diplomacy Fellow at the US Agency for International Development.
Dr. Frumhoff is quoted frequently in print and electronic media and has given congressional testimony on multiple occasions. He received a PhD in ecology and MA in zoology from the University of California at Davis, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California at San Diego.
Holly Jean Buck is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Her research interests include agroecology and climate-smart agriculture, energy landscapes, land use change, new media, and science and technology studies. She has written on several aspects of climate engineering, including humanitarian and development approaches to geoengineering, gender considerations, and the social implications of scaling up negative emissions. Her book After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration (Verso Books, 2019) looks at best-case scenarios for carbon removal and solar geoengineering. She holds a doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University, and lives in Los Angeles, California.