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In light of Earth’s day on 22nd April 2022, Researcher Live is hosting a month-long series of events where experts and book authors specialising in Climate Change, Conservation, Sustainability and Ecology will present their work.  Sign up here to receive email updates about this series.  The event page can be found here.


In this series, we will hear about:


  • The ecological future of our planet 


  • The communication and scepticism of green ideas


  • Advances and directions in energy and sustainability


  • Animal habitats and human impact


Join us on the 28th April at 11am BST / 10am GMT/ 12pm CET for episode nine in our series, with Prof Ian Budge, University of Essex. His book Kick-starting Government Action against Climate Change: Effective Political Strategies examines how to advance and accelerate climate action around the world and will be of interest internationally to climate change campaigners, activists, political and environmental scientists.  In this Researcher Live event, Prof. Budge will discuss the contents of his book and its reasoning and implications. Please make sure to visit Ian's website here!


Democracies are the key to action on climate. Not only do they include the richest group of countries in the world, who as the major producers and consumers in a globalised setting, are capable of exerting enormous pressure on other governments (not to mention military interventions). They also, internally, offer much more latitude for political pressure to be exerted through their guaranteed rights and freedoms. 


In this session, professor Ian Budge, author of several studies and books will discuss important topics about climate change, personal and governmental action. A central question is whether Green parties and supporting ecological movements have been effective so far in averting the crisis now upon us. They need new strategies by compensating for job losses with a minimum income guarantee and providing new jobs through an environmental New Deal.


In this talk, we will discuss:


  • Emissions and timescale of the climate disaster


  • Individual efforts to tackle the climate crisis


  • Has COP26 triggered any progress?


  • Does democracy have the power to make a difference?


  • Are Green parties able to drive change?


  • How can individual countries’ initiatives drive change cross-border?



To speak at a Researcher Live session, please email kristine.lennie@researcher-app.com 


Full series programme:


  • 4th April, 1.30pm BST How NOT to save a planet with Prof Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, the Dean of Durham Law School 


  • 13th April, 10am BST - The challenges of communicating climate change with Dr Christel W. van Eck, University of Amsterdam


  • 19th April, 3pm BST - Achieving climate goals in the residential sector and industry: Power to heat and Green hydrogen as the most promising applications of sector integration with Tuomas Vanhanen, Tampere University, Finland, and Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology


  • 20th April, 4pm BST - Role of AI in Predicting Climate Disasters in Northern Regions with Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, Polytechnique Montreal and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba


  • 21st April 1pm BST - The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change with Prof. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


  • 22nd April, 10am BST - Home away from home: The importance of sanctuaries for protecting and studying our fellow apes with PhD Candidate Jake Brooker, Durham University 


  • 25th April, 10am BST -  Satellite Remote Sensing - a Conservation Revolution with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London


  • 26th April, 9am BST - Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System with Professor Neil Ward, Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich 


  • 28th April, 11am BST - Defusing the 2020s Heat Bomb: Getting Government Action Now with Prof Ian Budge, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex


  • 4th May, 3pm BST  - Opportunities for storage to achieve deep decarbonization across sectors with Prof Noah Kittner, University of North Carolina System, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering


  • 9th May, 9am BST - Impacts of Plastics Pollution on Seabirds with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic, University of Tasmania


  • 12th May, 10am BST - Biotransformation Technology: How to deliver full biological decomposition on polyolefin packaging materials in the open environment with Celine Moreira, Polymateria
Date and Time
Thursday, April 28, 2022 10:00 AM 10:00 am - 11:00 am GMT+0
Speakers Prof Ian Budge, University of Essex

Prof Ian Budge is a political scientist known internationally for his extensive research on governance, political parties and democracy across the world. Due to the urgency of climate change, he has drawn on his professional background to suggest better political strategies for pushing governments into effective action against it, both nationally and internationally.


Active for fifty years as a political scientist, Ian Budge has made major contributions both to cumulative research on democracy and to organizational developments in the discipline. His earliest research on Glasgow and Belfast focused on causes of democratic breakdown. After a middle period studying elections, voting behaviour and party competition he turned to public policy and how it could be made responsive to popular preferences – the central democratic dilemma. His research covers both Direct and Representative Democracy.

DOI: IQCINiop2dVQMvImKTqT_prepost_2

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