Who Should Govern Environmental Disasters, and How?

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Thursday 21 November 2019
6.00 - 7.30pm

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SSB Lecture Theatre 200, Social Sciences Building, Science Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2006



Sydney Ideas

As global warming rapidly heats up our planet, the likelihood and frequency of environmental disasters caused by extreme weather events – from bushfires to floods – rises substantially. But are we equipped to manage these disasters?

A Sydney Ideas event.

Bushfires, hurricanes, life-threatening heatwaves and floods have ravaged our planet in recent years. There is a mounting pool of evidence that climate change, including global warming, is a major cause of these extreme weather events.

This Sydney Ideas event brings together scholars working on environmental disasters from a range of disciplines, issue areas, and countries to grapple with the following questions: what we need to do to govern such disasters effectively? Who should govern environmental disasters and how?

To create an effective governance framework we need to be sensitive to local conditions and to recognise the commonalities of addressing such disasters globally.

Are there gaps in environmental disaster governance and can we ensure that attempts to address environmental disasters also protect people and ecosystems who are in the danger zones, in both the short term and the long term?


Professor Linda Hancock, Deakin University
Professor Susan Park, University of Sydney
Postdoctoral Fellow Francisco Molina Camacho, CIGIDEN
Professor Abbas El-Zein (Chair), University of Sydney

For more information about the speakers, visit the Sydney Ideas website.

This event is part of the Environmental Disasters Symposium (21-22 November), a collaboration between Sydney Social and Humanities Advanced Research CentreSydney Environment Institute and the University of Sydney Office of Global Engagement.