The Environmental State: Can Nation States Save the Planet?
Day by day we see it in the media, hear it on the news:
winters getting colder, summers getting hotter, droughts, floods, severe sudden storms, water levels rising, ice sheets melting.
Climate change can no longer be denied. And something must be done! But who is responsible? Who is taking the first step?
In the panel discussion "The Environmental State: Can nation states save the planet?" four experts in their field will engage throughout a lively conversation to discuss issues ranging from the role of the state, banks and activists, as well as possible steps in the near future. Familiarise yourself with the topic and check out our PANEL LITERATURE LIST
Dr. Amanda Machin
Amanda Machin is currently a researcher at the department of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Social Investment, Heidelberg University, Germany. Her research focuses upon radical democratic politics and the political dynamics, identifications and discourses of socio-ecological transformation. She has published numerous articles on these topics with international journals such as Environmental Politics, Environmental Values and Democratic Theory. Her books include Society and Climate: Transformations and Challenges (World Scientific 2019, co-authored with Nico Stehr) and Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus (Zed Books, 2013) and her most recent book Bodies of Democracy: Modes of Embodied Politics will be published by Transcript later in 2021. Together with Marcel Wissenburg, she is currently editing a collection on Green Political Theory with Edward Elgar and she is a member of editorial review board, the Global Epistemics book series at Rowman & Littlefield International.
Lina Gobbelé - Fridays for Future
Lina Gobbelé, 19, studies political science, sociology and media and communication studies. She is active with Fridays for Future since December 2018/ January 2019 and has worked in various positions within the movement. She especially focuses on the intersectionality of climate justice and is deeply invested in projects about feminism and social justice in general.
About Fridays for Future:
Fridays for Future is a global youth movement aiming for climate justice. It developed from Greta Thunberg, who first started striking her school in Sweden in August 2018, to a movement, made up of thousands of strikers all around the world. Fridays for Future draws attention to the climate crisis and social injustice and has a huge impact on current political debates.
Nicolás Águila holds a Bachelor's in Economics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Master's in Economics from the New School for Social Research (United States of America). He currently works as a Teaching and Research Assistant in King's College London and as Curriculum Change Manager in oikos, a student-led international organization working to transform higher education to include a sustainability perspective. His topics of interest are theories of money, credit and interest, financialization, and central banking.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Zweynert
Joachim Zweynert currently holds a professorship in International Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics and Society at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, and is a lecturer in the Research Training Group "Social Market Economy" of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany. His research gravitates around the topics of History of economic thought, International Political Economy as well as Economics of Order and Institutions, with a focus on East-Central and Eastern Europe. Prof. Dr. Zweynert has published numerous articles on such topics, featuring international journals such as the Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Eastern Economic Journal and many others. His books include “A History of Russian Economic Thought in the 19th Century” (Routledge Studies in the History of Economics, published in English in 2021), “Economic Styles in the Process of EU Eastern Enlargement” (Series of the Institute for European Integration, 2009) and “When Ideas Fail: Economic Thought, the Failure of Transition and the Rise of Institutional Instability in Post-Soviet Russia” (Routledge Studies in the European Economy, 2019). Currently working on “Polanyi Cycles in the Institutional Structure of Capitalism?” (first presented at the 4th WINIR Conference, 2017).