Deans Lecture Series - Extinction Thwarted: Surviving global warming lecture with Prof Sharon Friel

Deans Lecture Series - Extinction Thwarted: Surviving global warming lecture with Prof Sharon Friel

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 14 November 2019


Kambri Cultural Centre University Avenue Australian National University, ACTON, ACT 2601
ANU Canberra


Professor Sharon Friel, RegNet Director


Julia Sharwood

Global warming is a global threat to all of our futures. However to some it is a greater threat than others. For example, we may be on the verge of humanitarian disaster due to heat stress in rural and remote communities of northern and central Australia, and mass migration when sea level rises in low-lying island nations of the Pacific. As is often the case, the people least able to adapt might be among the ones who are most affected.

Climate change and social inequity are inevitably linked, and are both insidious forces that threaten populations around the world. Through her insights from physical sciences, health sciences, social science and the humanities, Professor Sharon Friel, Director of the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), and author of the recently published “Climate change and the people’s health,” takes us on a journey about how we shift focus to adaptation and mitigation through progressive public policy, sustainable business models and effective social mobilisation.

About the speaker

Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU. She is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance ANU. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Her interests are in the political economy of health; the social determinants of health inequities, including trade and investment, food systems, urbanisation, climate change. Her recent book “Climate Change and the People’s Health” was published by OUP in Jan 2019.

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