UCL Humanitarian Summit: Climate Change and Launch of the COP

UCL Humanitarian Summit: Climate Change and Launch of the COP
  9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Chaired by Professor David Alexander, the Humanitarian Summit will explore a range of climate change issues that can contribute to humanitarian crises, including energy poverty, health, and migration. Delivered through a combination of panel discussion, student-led debate, plenary talks, and interactive workshop, experts from across UCL will explore recent research findings in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26.

This event will also be the launch of UCL’s new BSc in Global Humanitarian Studies, a unique programme that aims to educate and train students for a career in the humanitarian sector.

Confirmed speakers

Further speaker details will be added as they are confirmed.

Michael Grubb is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London (Institute of Sustainable Resources & Energy Institute), and Research Director for ISR. From 2011-2016, alongside academic roles, he worked half-time at the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the energy regulator, Ofgem) as Senior Advisor, initially on Sustainable Energy Policy, and subsequently Improving Regulation; from Autumn 2016 he moved to Chair the UK government’s IPCC Sixth Assessment (Mitigation Report), and as Leader for the Sustainability hub of the UK Research Council's programme on Rebuilding Macroeconomics.

Michael has combined research and applied roles for many years, bringing research insights into policymaking, and bringing practical experience to bear upon academic studies. Before joining UCL, he was part-time Senior Research Associate in Economics at Cambridge University, combined with (prior to joining Ofgem) Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust, and Chair of the international research network/interface organisation Climate Strategies.

These conjoined appointments followed 10 years at Chatham House where he led the Energy and Environment programme. He founded the Climate Policy journal and remained Editor-in-Chief until 2016. From 2008-11 he served on the UK Climate Change Committee, established under the UK Climate Change Act to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation. 

Michael is also the author of eight books, sixty journal research articles, and numerous other publications. The book Planetary Economics: energy, climate change and the Three Domains of Sustainable Development (Routledge 2014), brought together insights from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies.

Beyond energy and climate change, he is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the German Inst for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).

Dina D’Ayala is the Professor of Structural Engineering at University College London, within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. She is head of Civil Engineering and Co-Director of the Earthquake and People Interaction Centre, EPICentre. She is a director of the International Association of Earthquake Engineers and Fellow of the ICE. Her specialism is Structural Resilience Engineering with particular emphasis on the assessment, strengthening, preservation and resilience of existing buildings, structures, transport infrastructure and cultural heritage. Her current research focuses on resilience of structures and infrastructure to natural hazards, supported through research grants from EU FP7, INFRARISK, and the UK RC, PARNASSUS, STORMLAMP, SCOSSO, PRISMH.

Dina has 25 years’ experience working with international agencies, the World Bank, ODA, UNDP, British Council, in countries such as Nepal, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Philippines etc., and leading interdisciplinary projects on enhancing resilience against natural hazards. She has produced Guidelines for DfID on assessment and strengthening of hospitals and reconstruction efforts in Nepal. She is the chief scientist for the World Bank on the Global Programme for Safe Schools (GPSS) and leads the development of the World Bank GLoSI project. 

Research milestones include the development of a numerical procedure to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry dwelling (FaMIVE) with application from Turkey to Nepal, to Iran and Italy, the design and development of two patented strengthening  dissipative devices, to retrofit architectural heritage and limit damage from seismic shocks.

She teaches Structures, Earthquake Engineering, Conservation Engineering and Design to Civil  Engineering and Architecture students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.




David Alexander is Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London (UCL) and has conducted research on disasters since 1980. His main foci of interest are emergency management and planning, earthquake science, disaster epidemiology, and theoretical issues in disaster risk reduction. He has also studied cascading disasters and disability and disaster.

At UCL, David currently teaches emergency planning, disaster management, and research appraisal. Internationally, he teaches diverse aspects of the applied science of disaster risk reduction. David was trained as a geographer and geomorphologist. For many years he taught physical geography and landscape dynamics, and has been teaching natural hazards and disaster studies since 1981.

As well as being an accomplished author, David is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and was formerly Co-Editor of Disasters journal. He is a member of the editorial boards of 14 academic journals. He is Vice-President and Chairman of the Trustees of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, which is the oldest learned society in the field of disaster reduction. In 2013 David won the Distinguished Research Award of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM).

UCL Humanitarian Institute

This event is organised by the UCL Humanitarian Institute, part of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. The Humanitarian Institute aims to mobilise UCL's research, expertise and teaching to impact global humanitarian challenges and to promote education for global citizenship and the connected curriculum at UCL, through co-produced programmes spanning natural, social, engineering and medical sciences, the built environment, humanities, laws and ethics, creating a global university champion for the UK and aspiring to the vision of UCL 2034.

Cost: Free of Charge

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2020-06-16 09:00 2020-06-16 09:00 Europe/London UCL Humanitarian Summit: Climate Change and Launch of the COP Join us for an exciting one-day conference to hear experts from across UCL explore the impact of climate issues on humanitarian crises and present findings from new research. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/06/16/ucl-humanitarian-summit-climate-change-and-launch-of-the-cop-231453 South Cloisters, Main Building and XLG2 Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Building,University College London,London,London

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