Thursday, 14 November 2019

Weaponizing vulnerability to climate change

This talk is part of the Climate Series hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Building on a recent paper I co-authored with Ben Warner, I will discuss how uneven vulnerability to climate change is [re]produced through adaptation measures across multiple scales. The talk will describe our current efforts to understand climate securitization strategies pursued by the US, Costa Rica, and Australia, as well as their outcomes for target populations.

Location: Temple University
CHAT Lounge
10th Floor Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Salt, Sweet, Acid, Heat: Recipes for disaster in the Mekong Delta

A public lecture in the Department of Geography and the Environment on water hazards and climate adaptation finance in southern Viet Nam.

Location: Villanova University
Mendel Science Center
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Friday, 4 October 2019

Ordering the Anthropocene: Law & the Environment in the Indian Ocean World

Prompted by the contemporary relevance of climate change and disaster relief in the Indian Ocean world, this one-day workshop showcases new scholarship that explores the intersections of climate, landscape transformation, and legal ordering in oceanic and littoral zones. The papers explore a range of issues: from how states sought to bind, improve, and mitigate the power of environmental phenomena; how natural landscapes facilitated border surveillance, boundary-creation as well as the expansion of imperial models of governing nature to the postcolonial world.

Location: Drexel University
3101 Market Street, Room 224
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Prospects and pitfalls of transboundary climate change responses

A public workshop and official side event of the Kyoto University IPCC Week 2019. The moderated panel discussion features climate change researchers and adaptation practitioners from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Kyoto University.

Location: Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Inamori Building
3rd Floor, Large Conference Room

46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Linkage and Disjuncture: Rural-urban connectivity and livelihood change in Viet Nam

Rural-urban relations are becoming ever more intertwined as Viet Nam undergoes rapid economic development. Labor dynamics, land-use practices, and patterns of exchange (e.g. of people, capital, information, and goods) are dialectically shaping and being shaped by these relations. We conceptualize such processes in terms of linkage and disjuncture. Rural-urban connectivity is being reified as existing livelihood systems are dismantled and reconfigured. We present preliminary data from recent fieldwork in the Mekong and Red River deltas to characterize these shifts, situate them within their respective geographical and historical contexts, and reflect on their consequences for affected communities.

Location: Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Inamori Building
2nd Floor, Tonantei

46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Private interests in the public good: Financing climate change adaptation in the Mekong Delta

A public lecture in the Department of Geography and Environment on the role of public and private institutions in addressing climate hazards in coastal Vietnam.

Location: University of Hawai`i
Saunders 443
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Business as usual: The unchanging climate of development in Vietnam

A Center for Southeast Asian Studies Colloquium on climate adaptation finance in the Mekong Delta.

Location: Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Inamori Building
3rd Floor, Room
46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Green Infrastructure? A Symposium on the Technologies of Nature and the Natures of Technology

This workshop asks: What problems is green infrastructure responding to? What makes green infrastructure green? And what makes it infrastructure?  A series of papers engage these questions through critical analyses of infrastructure studies, landscape architecture and urban design.

Location: University of Pennsylvania
Morgan Gallery, Morgan Hall
205 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Consequences of a Changing Climate on Communities Around the World

A climate justice public forum featuring experts from Penn State in geography, psychology, and meteorology. Event organized by We Are For Science, Penn State Student Affairs, Eco Action, and the Caribbean Student Association.

Location: Penn State University
Freeman Auditorium
HUB-Robeson Center
State College, PA 16801

Friday, 28 April 2017

Gearing up for the People’s Climate March

Andrew Steer, WRI experts and featured guests host a “teach-in” and share inspiring stories about climate action in the U.S. and around the world.

Location: World Resources Institute
10 G Street NE #800
Washington, DC 20002

Friday, 13 January 2017


"Humanizing Data: Climate and Environmental Data and Environmental Justice," a teach-in about data rescue and environmental justice.

Location: University of Pennsylvania
Van Pelt Library, Class of ‘55 Room
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Wednesday-Thursday, 23–24 March 2016

WATER: Scarcity, Excess, and the Geopolitics of Allocation

The 6th Annual Globalization TrendLab Conference hosted by the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School.

Location: University of Pennsylvania
Lauder Fisher Hall
236 S 37th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104