How does global inequality impact climate change solutions? Your Problem, Our Solution! - 3rd May 2022

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Two-thirds of the world’s scientific papers are published in Europe, the USA and China, but climate change is a global issue that disproportionately affects developing countries. With a panel of international speakers, our discussion will explore the causes of Western-centric science and the impacts of this bias. We hope to understand how to best help underrepresented groups respond to climate change in ways that suit them, and how we can ensure fair representation and discussion at an international level. How can this approach inspire novel solutions to climate change around the world?


The Panel

Priyanka de Souza: Priyanka de Souza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, where she probes different ways of understanding air pollution and its effects. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay with a Bachelor and Master of Technology, Priyanka came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, reading an MSc in Environmental Change and Management (2014), and an MBA (2015). She went on to work at the Science Division at UN Environment in Nairobi. Priyanka finished her PhD in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT in 2021. She has also recently been a visiting student at the Harvard School of Public Health, and worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation.

Andrea Ordonez: Andrea Ordóñez is Director of Southern Voice and has been part of the initiative since inception in 2012. She leads the implementation of the network strategy and programmes. She co-edited the book “Southern Perspectives on the Post-2015 International Development Agenda” with Debapriya Bhattacharya. Her work focuses on better fostering better knowledge systems to support sustainable development. Andrea has developed research projects for the public sector and numerous international organizations.

Jessica Omukuti: Jessica Omukuti is a Research Fellow on Inclusive Net Zero for the Oxford Net Zero Initiative and is based at the Institute of Science Innovation and Technology (InSIS). Her work involves engaging with actors in the Global South to outline what Net Zero means and Inclusivity can be embedded into Net Zero policies and practices in the Global South.

Jessica is also an ESRC COP26 fellow based at the University of York. Her research focuses on delivery of climate finance for adaptation to climate change, specifically using the Green Climate Fund as a case study.  Jessica’s research expertise is on climate justice and equity, climate finance, climate change adaptation and just transitions in the Global South. She holds a PhD in climate justice and climate finance from the University of Reading (2020), an MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi.
She is a climate advisor at CHOOOSE, which is a Carbon Offsets company based in Norway. Jessica is also a Book Review Editor for Progress in Development Studies.
She has previously worked at the Green Climate Fund which is an international climate finance institution. She has also worked in NGOs such as Mercy Corps and CARE International in sub-Saharan Africa where she led development and resilience programs in the region.


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