Catastrophic Climate Change and the Future of International Society

STAIR, in collaboration with the Alastair Buchan Club and Department of Politics and International Relations, is proud to invite Professor Robert Falkner to present, ‘Catastrophic Climate Change and the Future of International Society’. The event will be held 23 Jan at 5 PM in Nuffield College’s Large Lecture Room. Professor Falkner will speak for 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes of Q&A. A small wine and cheese reception will follow the event.

Under current climate policy commitments, the world is facing global warming of 3º Celsius or more by the end of this century. Researchers warn this would have profoundly negative consequences for eco-systems, societies and the global economy. But how would international society be affected by catastrophic climate change? Would the shared threat of ecological collapse unite international society and promote deeper cooperation between states? Or would it lead to greater competition for resources, heightened conflict and the disintegration of international order? This talk seeks to answer these questions by developing a framework for thinking about the long-term consequences of runaway global warming for international relations.

Robert Falkner is the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At LSE, he serves as the Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris (ranked #3 in the 2019 Financial Times EMBA survey). Previously, he held academic positions at the universities of Oxford, Kent and Essex and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. In 2018, he was appointed as Distinguished Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Born in Germany, he read for a double-degree in politics (MA Politikwissenschaft) and economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. After moving to the UK, he gained a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College).