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Monika Zurek

Monika Zurek is a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and amember of the ECI Food Systems Group. She has worked on food systems and the environment in research andinternational organizations as well as in the consulting and philanthropic sectors with Climate Focus and the Billand Melinda Gates Foundation. She was also a lead author for various environmental assessments such as theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, AR4), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and theInternational Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).



3:15 pm


4:05 pm

Institutions 4 Climate

What institutional change is required to slow down climate change and mitigate its effects?

"The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.” Yet, the global community is not equipped with the tools to slow down the change nor to mitigate it. Given that climate change is an existential crisis of unprecedented scale, it is unsurprising that existing institutions are not cut out to deal with it. This includes national and international political and economic institutions; from markets, unlikely to cushion the shock that a dramatic reconfiguration of the industrial economy would produce, to international legal systems which are missing the architecture required to ensure environmental accountability, amongst other examples. What transformations need to take place to allow us to minimise global warming and assuage its effects? How do we even begin to imagine what an environmentally sustainable world would look like? The discussion will delve into such questions and discuss capitalism and growth, inclusivity and participation, international agreements and charters to enable dialogue on the toughest, and the most urgent issue of our time.