Ahead of COP28, we spoke to Professor Laura Marsiliani (Durham University Business School) about her plans for the conference and how she hopes to shape discussions in this key area.
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I am delighted to be part of the Durham University observer delegation at COP28. As an environmental and energy economist, I cherish the opportunity to share my passion for research, education, and dialogue on sustainability.
I will primarily engage with:
The Government of India: My research project ‘Personalised sensor feedback on air pollution exposure: Nudging behaviour towards adoption of bike-share schemes in Chennai’ with Lucy Naga (DUBS) and Uwe Schlink (Leipzig) was a finalist in the Government of India’s call for ideas initiative ‘LiFE-Lifestyle for the Environment’. The selected ideas will be presented at COP28.
The Climate Vulnerable Forum: I have an ongoing collaboration with Bangladesh researchers and policymakers on ‘Energy Price Reforms and Decarbonisation Policies in Bangladesh’ that has resulted in several publications and engagement activities since 2015.
The Asian Development Bank: I have recently collaborated with the Asian Development Bank Institute and contributed to one of their reports, ‘Prospects for Transitioning from a Linear to Circular Economy in Developing Asia’.
I will also join in the discussion on:
Gender and just transition to net zero: one of my research interests is just transition to renewable energy in developing countries and the related theme of women empowerment in rural villages. Participating in the Gender and Climate dialogue at COP28 will also inform my work as Faculty of Business EDI Co-lead.
Sustainability in the curriculum: In the last few years, I have been a member of the Sustainability in the Curriculum working group at Durham University. My plan for COP28 is to share best practices for curriculum development on sustainability.
Children and youth activism and engagement: I will broadcast live from COP28 connecting with a primary school in Durham City and colleagues from Durham University Business School.
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