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The Lazy Dawn of Ecomodernity

Ceres21, SUM and BI are organizing an open seminar on ecomodernityA team of scholars from Europe, China and Africa will launch comparative perspectives on ecomodernity in business, culture and politics. They will be challenged by a group of international commentators

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Affiliated scholars

Affiliated scholars

Paul Ehrlich

Professor Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University. is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Ehrlich has received several honorary degrees, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, the Gold Medal Award of the World Wildlife Fund International, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (given in lieu of a Nobel Prize in areas where the Nobel is not given), in 1993 the Volvo Environmental Prize, in 1994 the United Nations' Sasakawa Environment Prize, in 1995 the Heinz Award for the Environment, in 1998 the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, in 1999 the Blue Planet Prize, in 2001 the Eminent Ecologist Award of the Ecological Society of America and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.


Ramachandra GuhaRamachandra Guha is an Indian historian and biographer whose research interests have included environment, social, political and cricket history. He is also a columnist for the newspapers The Hindu, The Hindustan Times and The Telegraph. Between 1985 and 2000, he had taught at various universities in India, Europe and North America, including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University and at Oslo University, and later at the Indian Institute of Science. Since then, he has been a full-time writer. Guha is also the author of the bestselling history of independent India , "India after Gandhi". Ramachandra Guha is the Chairholder of the Arne Næss Chair 2008.


Richard KleinRichard J.T. Klein is a geographer, and currently researcher at Stockholm Environmental Institute. He has sixteen years of research experience on human vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change. He is an internationally leading expert on adaptation science and climate policy and has been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1993, most recently as coordinating lead author in the Fourth Assessment Report. He also contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and Tony Blair’s report “Breaking the Climate Deadlock”. His current research interests include methodological aspects of vulnerability assessment, societal adaptation to climate change, and integration of climate and development policy.


James LovelockJames Lovelock  is an independent scientist, environmentalist, author and researcher, Doctor Honoris Causa of several universities throughout the world, he is considered since several decades as a one of the main ideological leaders, if not the main one, in the history of the development of environmental awareness. James Lovelock is still today one of the main authors in the environmental field. He is the author of  " The GaiaTheory ", " The Ages of Gaia ", "Homage to GAIA", and" The Revenge of Gaia ". James Lovelock is in favor of the use of clean nuclear energy, respectful of the environment : read the introduction of James Lovelock to the book "Environmentalists Nuclear Energy". He supports the Association of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy (EFN). James Lovelock was Chairholder of the Arne Næss Chair in 2007.


Jørgen RandersJørgen Randers is professor of policy analysis at the Norwegian School of Management (BI), where he teaches scenario analysis and corporate responsibility. He lectures internationally on the issue of sustainable development, within and outside corporations. He is non-executive member of a number of corporate boards, and also the "sustainability councils" of the British Telecom and the city of Rotterdam. He was formerly President of the Norwegian School of Management 1981 - 89, and Deputy Director-general of WWF International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in Switzerland 1994 - 99. He has authored a number of books and scientific papers, including "The Limits to Growth" (1972) and "Limits to Growth - The 30 Year Update" (2004) .


Stephen Schneider Dr. Stephen H. Schneider was one of the world's top climatologists. He unexpectdly passed away on  July19, 2010 at age 65, following a heart attack on one of his many intellectual "climate crusades." Dr. Schneider was a classical polymath: having gained a degree in mechanical engineering and plasma physics from Columbia University, he moved on to study atmospheric physics and the global environment. As a adviser to successive administrations, from president Nixon to Obama, he was a skeptical supporter of greenhouse gas legislation, always emphasizing that intergovernmental agreements on sharing out limited resources do not have a promising track-record. After his postdoctoral work at NASA's Godard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia, he moved to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado, and in 1992 to Stanford University, California, where he came to hold three professorships. In 2007, as a prominent member of the IPCC, he shared the Nobel peace prize with Al Gore. He was also Chairholder of the Arne Næss Chair 2009. Dr. Schneider was one of the world's most brilliant communicators, and both his friends and foes alike agree that "he did more than any other individual on the planet to help us to realize that human actions have led to global-scale changes in Earth's climate."