The Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines and the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa, Peru (UNSA) are co-hosting the seminar series, “Managing Conflict in Extractive Environments.” The three-part series will feature globally renowned speakers and panelists discussing trends, causes, and approaches to manage conflicts in mining and extractive industries.
Part 1: Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 5:00-6:30pm Colorado | 6:00-7:30pm Peru – Keynote – Benjamin Sovacool
Part 2: Thursday, July 6, 2023 | 5:00-6:30pm Colorado | 6:00-7:30pm Peru – Keynote – Saleem Ali
Part 3: Thursday, July 13, 2023 | 5:00-6:30pm Colorado | 6:00-7:30pm Peru – Panel Discussion with industry, government, and community leaders
Benjamin Sovacool, Director, IGS Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Earth & Environment, BU Institute for Global Sustainability
Benjamin K. Sovacool is the Director of the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS) and a Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment. He works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to global energy policy and politics, energy security, energy justice, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, the ethics and justice of energy, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.
His research has been endorsed by U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, among others. He was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), published in 2022, and an Advisor on Energy to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation in Brussels, Belgium.
Sovacool has played a leadership role in winning collaborative research grants worth more than $28.2 million in directly managed funds, including those from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program of Denmark, the Danish Council for Independent Research, the European Commission and the European Research Council. In the United Kingdom, he has served as a Principal Investigator on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
He is the recipient of multiple national and international awards and honors, including the “Distinguished Graduate Alumni Achievement Award” from his Alma Mater Virginia Tech, the 2019 USERN Prize for his work on “Social Justice in an Era of Climate Change and Energy Scarcity,” the “Dedication to Justice Award” given by the American Bar Association, and a “Distinguished Visiting Energy Professorship” at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. He is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom.
With much coverage of his work in the international news media, he is one of the most highly cited global researchers on issues bearing on controversies in energy and climate policy.