Public Seminar

Geopolitical consequences of energy transition: In search of research opportunities and a peace dividend
Dr Ivan Diaz-Rainey

12 noon – 1.30pm, Tuesday 27 September, Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle St

This seminar aims to initiate a conversation between OERC and NCPACS researchers (and humanities researchers more generally) around the geopolitical consequences of energy transition. Currently there is a stark contrast between the grim realpolitik of the oil trade and associated conflicts around the globe on the one hand, and the optimism around energy transition and sustainability on the other. Can the two be reconciled? Will energy transition necessarily yield a peace dividend or is it dependent on the transition pathway chosen and on other policy interventions? The seminar examines the geopolitical implications of energy transition through lenses of alternative transition pathways and  the main drivers of energy system change; namely, energy technologies, demographic change, climate change, the energy-water nexus, the shift of geo-economic power towards Asia and financialization.

Ivan Diaz-Rainey is Co-Director of the Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) and is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the University of Otago. His interdisciplinary policy-focused research spans both finance and innovation research, with particular emphasis on financial regulation and on energy and environmental policy issues (e.g. energy finance, carbon and electricity markets and the diffusion of eco-innovations). He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance and has previously held academic positions at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), where he was a Jean Monnet Fellow, and the Higher Colleges of Technology (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

All Welcome.


Archibald Baxter Memorial Lecture

On Wednesday 28 September, Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, will deliver the annual Archibald Baxter Memorial Lecture, entitled “The Politics of Compassion in a World in Ruthless Power”.

Date: 28 September
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Archway 1

This lecture will argue that the world is far too small and far too complex to accommodate dominatory, authoritarian and bullying politics. The politics that led to over a million deaths in the battle of the Somme seem to be reappearing in the 21st century. They are incapable of solving the critical problems of climate change, economic vulnerability and marginalisation, war, refugees and internal displacement. In fact dominatory politics are challenging the entire Western democratic project. The lecture will both diagnose the problems and lay out more creative nonviolent alternatives.

All welcome.

Rosemary McBryde, Centre Manager
National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
518 Castle Street, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054
Tel:  +64 3 479 4546
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