The Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering (AWG) has been meeting across a series of workshops to take a fresh, authoritative look at international governance pathways for solar geoengineering. This will be the first public discussion of their preliminary findings and recommendations. Members of the AWG will present their draft report, followed by commentary from 3-4 report reviewers. Audience questions and feedback will be encouraged.
Simon Nicholson is Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program in the School of International Service at American University. He is also co-Executive Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a research and public policy group committed to ensuring that the conversation about climate engineering technologies is inclusive and robust, with a focus on the needs of the most vulnerable people and populations. Simon's research and public engagement center around global environmental governance, global food politics, and the environmental and political implications of emerging technologies. His most recent book (edited with Sikina Jinnah) is, "New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene" (MIT Press, 2016).
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.
David Morrow studies the ethics and governance of climate engineering. He is a Faculty Fellow with the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at American University in Washington, DC, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy at George Mason University. Prior to moving to Washington, he was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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.
Carolyn Turkaly is Program Coordinator for the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment. She oversees daily operations in the FCEA office and with its programs and projects. Ms. Turkaly is an M.A. Candidate in the Global Environmental Politics Program in the School of International Service at American University.
Aarti Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy Group, Department of Social Sciences, at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on governance of novel technologies and the role of science and knowledge therein, and questions of transparency and accountability in global environmental and climate governance. She has published extensively on these topics, including the co-edited volume Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (MIT Press, 2014). Aarti holds a PhD from Yale University. She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow with Columbia University’s Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) and a Global Environmental Assessment Research Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics, and Lead Faculty and a member of the New Directions Team of the international Earth System Governance Research Project, as well as co-founder of the interdisciplinary REDD@WUR network at Wageningen University.
Andrew Light is Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute, in Washington, D.C., and University Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Philosophy, and Atmospheric Sciences at George Mason University. From 2013-2016 he served as Senior Adviser and India Counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change and Staff Climate Adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry in the Office of Policy Planning in the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity he served on the senior strategy team for the UN climate negotiations and Director of the U.S.-India Joint Working Group for Combating Climate Change. In recognition of this work, Andrew was awarded the inaugural Public Philosophy Award, from the International Society for Environmental Ethics in June 2017, the inaugural Alain Locke Award for Public Philosophy, from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in March 2016, and a Superior Honor Award, from the U.S. Department of State in July 2016, for his work creating and negotiating the Paris Agreement on climate change. In his academic career, Andrew is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters, primarily on the normative dimensions of climate change, restoration ecology, and urban sustainability, and has authored, co-authored, and edited 19 books, including Environmental Values (2008), Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (2003), Environmental Pragmatism (1996), and the forthcoming Ethics in the Anthropocene.
Leslie Paul Thiele is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. He teaches political theory and sustainability studies and serves as Director of the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science (UF CAIRES). His interdisciplinary research focuses on continental political thought, sustainability, technology, and the intersection of political philosophy and the natural sciences. His central concerns are the responsibilities of citizenship and the opportunities for leadership in a world of rapid technological, social, and ecological change.
His books include Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of the Soul (Princeton 1990), Timely Meditations: Martin Heidegger and Postmodern Politics (Princeton 1995), Environmentalism for a New Millennium (Oxford 1999), Thinking Politics (2nd edition, CQ Press 2003), The Heart of Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Narrative, and Neuroscience (Cambridge 2006), Indra’s Net and the Midas Touch: Living Sustainably in a Connected World (MIT, 2011), and Sustainability (Polity, 2nd edition, 2016).
Prakash Kashwan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His research focuses on the global and international environmental governance, climate change, and political economy of environment and development. He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2017). His research has also been published in journals such as Ecological Economics, Regional Environmental Change, Global Environmental Politics, and in popular media forums including the Washington Post and Wilson Center's New Security Beat.
He was among the winners of 2009 Young Scientist Research Award from the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm. He is a member of the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering coordinated by the School of International Services, American University, and a member of the Working Group on Environmental Peacemaking launched jointly by colleagues at the American University and the Uppsala University.