Planet versus Profit: Striking a Balance

Thursday 4 October 2018,

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Law Foyer,
Law School Building,
University of Sydney



Sydney Ideas,
The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Co-presented with Sydney Southeast Asia Centre as part of the ASEAN Forum 2018: Environmental sustainability in ASEAN.

What is the role of Australia in sustaining our region’s seas, skies and soil?

Australia’s economic interests are inextricably linked with our near neighbours across Southeast Asia. While our region is experiencing a sustained period of economic growth, such growth is increasingly accompanied by a greater awareness of its short- and long-term environmental impacts.

A multidisciplinary panel of experts will examine the role and responsibilities in balancing environmental sustainability and economic growth in Southeast Asia. What part can – and should – Australia play in negotiating the tensions between economic growth and environmental sustainability?


Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney Business School
Dr Catherine Dorey, Independent Adviser
Dr Pichamon Yeophantong, UNSW Canberra


Professor Bill Pritchard, School of Geosciences


Professor Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School where he teaches and researches organisational change, management innovation, sustainability and critical understandings of capitalism and political economy. His current research explores organizational and societal responses to climate change, with a particular focus on how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to the climate crisis. His research on climate change and business is internationally recognised and he has developed research collaborations with leading international climate scientists and global environmental organisations. He is a key researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute, where he heads up a group examining corporate climate transition.

Catherine (Cat) Dorey has been working on fisheries and seafood sustainability for 15 years, primarily with Greenpeace, and in the past year as an Independent Advisor. Cat works with non-government organisations, industry, governments, and academics to provide analysis of current and emerging science and policy development for fisheries management, sustainable and equitable seafood sourcing practices, and fish welfare.

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong is an Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Development at UNSW Canberra. She leads the HASS Environmental Justice and Human Rights Project, and the Responsible Business Lab. Previously, Pichamon was an ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellow at the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies and a Global Leaders Fellow at Princeton University and the University of Oxford. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia on the impacts of Chinese investment in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Professor Bill Pritchard (Chair) is a Professor in Human Geography specialising in agriculture, food and rural places. He is interested in the ways that global and local processes are transforming places, industries and people’s lives. He remains a sceptical internationalist – believing in the promise of a better world but frustrated by the obstacles that beset this objective.