IPWSD Program

INTERNATIONAL Ph.D. WORKSHOP IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (IPWSD)

Hosted by: Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society.

Dates/Location: May 6th – 7th, 2011; Columbia University; New York  City.

Contact Email: cu.sdds.ipwsd@gmail.com

Deadline for presenters to apply: 31st January, 2011.

VIEW OUR CALL-FOR-PAPERS [in .pdf] & REGISTRATION FORM [in .doc or .pdf].


IPWSD PROGRAM:

The IPWSD Program is now available!  The workshop schedule is below, immediately followed by specifics on the speaker sessions (including session topics & assignments of speakers to particular sessions).  Please don’t hesitate to contact the IPWSD Planning Committee if you have any questions about the program.

Directions/Maps to Event Locations:

Columbia University Campus Map: here.

Map to Philosophy Hall: here.

Map to Grace Dodge Hall (Teacher’s College Campus): here.  For entrance into Grace Dodge Hall, use the main entrance to the Teacher’s College off of 120th Street (at Russell Hall), and follow the ground level Teacher’s College directions, hereNote: Picture ID (e.g. passport) is required to gain entrance to the Teacher’s College Campus, and thus to Grace Dodge Hall.



IPWSD Schedule:

>> Friday, May 6th, 2011

8:00 – 8.30am: Registration (Coffee Served). Philosophy Hall, Rm 301.

8.30 – 9.00am: Introduction & Opening Remarks.  Philosophy Hall, Rm 301.

  • Speaker: Dr. John C. Mutter. Director, Ph.D. Program in Sustainable Development and Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences & School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

9.00 – 10.00am: Keynote Address. Philosophy Hall, Rm 301.

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University.

10.00 – 10.30am: Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.30am: Panel Discussion: Climate Policy in the Face of a Catastrophe, an Interdisciplinary Discussion. Philosophy Hall, Rm 301.

  • Panel Speakers
  1. Scott Barrett: Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University.
  2. Mark Cane: G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences & Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University.
  3. Andrew C. Revkin: Senior Fellow, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies & Former Reporter on the Environment for the New York Times (he continues to write the Dot Earth blog for The Times Op-Ed Section).

11.30am – 1.00pm: Break & Lunch. Philosophy Hall, Rm 301.

1.00 – 3.00pm: Speaker Sessions 1 & 2. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.

3.00 – 3.30pm: Coffee Break

3.30 – 5.30pm: Speaker Sessions 3 & 4. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.

5.30 – 7.00pm: Informal Networking Space . Philosophy Hall, Rm 301.

7.30 – 9.00pm: Speaker’s/Social Reception. Ivy Lounge, Faculty House at Columbia University (map & directions).


>> Saturday, May 7th, 2011

8.00 – 8.30am: Opening & Coffee. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.

8.30 – 10.30am: Speaker Sessions 5 & 6. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.

10.30 – 11.00am: Coffee Break

11.00am – 1.00pm: Speaker  Sessions 7 & 8. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.

1.00 – 2.30pm: Lunch

2.30 – 3.30pm: Speaker Sessions 9 & 10. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.

3.30 – 4.00pm: Coffee Break

4.00 – 5.00pm: Roundtable Discussions. Frameworks for Sustainable Development:  Gaps and Needs in Sustainable Development Research. Grace Dodge Hall, Rms 363 & 457.  [See the Roundtable Discussion Notes.]

  • Discussion #1: Energy, Climate Change, & Sustainable Development. Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 363.
  • Discussion #2: Environmental & Social Justice in Sustainable Development. Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457.

5.00 – 7.00pm: IPWSD Concluding Comments & Informal Networking Space. Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457.



Speaker Sessions:

Session #1: Frameworks for Sustainable Development

[Friday, May 6th, 1.00-3.00pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 363]

  1. Marijane Luistro Jonsson. Sustainability Research Group, Stockholm School of Economics; Sweden. “Poor but Resilient” at the Base-of-the-Pyramid?  Exploring a New Theoretical Framework from Randomized Experiments.
  2. Yasmine M. Abdelfattah. Economics Department, British University in Egypt & Actuarial Support Unit, Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority; Egypt. Integrated Paradigm for Sustainable Development: A Panel Data Study.
  3. Irina Feygina. Department of Psychology, New York University (NYU); USA. System Justification, the Denial of Global Warming, and the Possibility of ‘System-Sanctioned Change’.
  4. Cesar Viteri Mejia. Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst; USA. Effects of Commodity Specification on the Willingness to Pay for a Trip to the Galapagos Island: A Choice Experiment Approach.

Session #2: Sustainable Agriculture, Ecosystem Health, & Renewable Resources

[Friday, May 6th, 1.00-3.00pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457]

  1. Rebakah Daro Minarchek. Department of Developmental Sociology, Cornell University; USA. Leaving the Green Revolution Behind: Sustaining New Agricultural Social Movements in Rural Indonesia.
  2. Jennifer Baka. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University; USA. Is there such a thing as Wasteland?  Biofuels and Wasteland Development in Tamil Nadu, India.
  3. Catherine Alexander. Department of Environmental Management, Montclair State University; USA. Regenerative Marine Minerals and Sustainable Agriculture.
  4. Charles Seguin. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Berkeley; USA. Sustained Consumption with an Exhaustible Renewable Resource and Hysteretic Growth.

Session #3: Energy Systems & Efficiency

[Friday, May 6th, 3.30-5.30pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 363]

  1. Florian Diekert. Department of Economics & Department of Biology, University of Oslo; Norway. Appreciating the Value of Age: Efficiency Gains from Acknowledging Growth may be Large but the Influence of Recruitment on Optimal Policies may be Small.
  2. Radhika Perrot. UNU-MERIT; The Netherlands. Firm Innovation Strategies in Alternative Energy Systems.
  3. Alberto J. Lamadrid. Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University; USA. Optimal Use of Energy Storage Systems with Renewable Energy Sources.
  4. Elisavet Dimitrokali. School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire; UK. Life Cycle Assessment to Evaluate the Environmental Impacts of Energy-Efficient Technology on Office Buildings.

Session #4: Water Availability and Management, Aquaculture

[Friday, May 6th, 3.30-5.30pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457]

  1. Marcia Nunes Macedo. Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology, Columbia University; USA. Impacts of Agricultural Development on Headwater Streams in Southeastern Amazonia.
  2. Xiaojia Bao. Sustainable Development Program, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; USA. Distributive Impacts and Governments’ Response for Large Dams in China.
  3. Omar Munyaneza. Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Rwanda (NUR); Rwanda. Surface Water Resources Availability in the Migina Sub-Catchment:  Contribution to Food Security in Rwanda.
  4. Timothy Gorman. Department of Developmental Sociology, Cornell University; USA. Boom or Bust? Shrimp Aquaculture, Inclusion, and Sustainability in the Mekong Delta.

Session #5: Climate, Weather Shocks, Risk & Insurance

[Saturday, May 7th, 8.30-10.30am: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 363]

  1. Kyle Meng. Sustainable Development Program, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; USA. Responding to Predictive Weather: Evidence from Chinese Farmers and the East Asian Summer Monsoon.
  2. Alan Fuchs. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Berkeley; USA. Drought and Retribution: Evidence from a Large Scale Rainfall-Indexed Insurance Program in Mexico.
  3. Geoff McCarney. Sustainable Development Program, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; USA. Loan Repayment vs. Basis Risk: Trade-Offs in Index Insurance for Farmers and Lenders.
  4. Roland Olbrich. Department of Sustainability Science and Economics, Leuphana University of Luneburg; Germany. Personal Norms of Sustainability and their Consequences in Ecological-Economic Systems under Uncertainty.

Session #6: Private Governance for Sustainable Development, Foreign Direct Investment, Taxation

[Saturday, May 7th, 8.30-10.30am: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457]

  1. Alexandra Morel. Earth Institute Fellow, Columbia University; USA. The Emergence of Mulit-Sector, Private Governance Regimes for Reforming Commodity Chains: An Analysis of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
  2. Jason Jackson. Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); USA. Engineering Business Interests: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Preferences and the Prospects for Sustainable Development in India.
  3. Nurul Isnaeni. Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya; Malaysia. Multinationals and Local Partnership for Sustainable Development: A Study of Unilever Corporation Environmental Responsibility in Urban Waste Management in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  4. Sandra Naigeon de Boer. Department of Social Sciences, King’s College London; UK. Tax: A New Agenda for Corporate Responsibility.  Why and How Should Tax be Included in CR Ratings.

Session #7: Urban Development & Health

[Saturday, May 7th, 11.00am-1.00pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 363]

  1. Robert Kutter. School of Sustainability, Arizona State University; USA. Participatory Approaches to Improve Access to Sanitation in India.
  2. Yaniv Stopnitzky. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University; USA. Household Latrine Adoption, Social Norms, and Child Health in India.
  3. Liana Ricci. Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering (DICEA), University of Rome; Italy. Peri-Urban Livelihood and Adaptive Capacity: Urban Development in Dar-es-Salaam.
  4. Nicole Ngo. Sustainable Development Program, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; USA. Evaluating Health Impacts of New York City’s Effort to Reduce Pollution from Buses.

Session #8: Multilateral Environmental Negotiations, International Governance, & Climate Mitigation

[Saturday, May 7th, 11.00am-1.00pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457]

  1. Leah Stokes. Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); USA. The Role of Science in Multilateral Environmental Negotiations: The Case of Mercury.
  2. Elisa Burchert. Department of Political Sciences, University of Heidelberg; Germany. Melting Ice and Drifting Interests: Conflict or Cooperation in the Circumpolar North.
  3. Josephine van Zeben. School of Law, New York University (NYU); USA. Regulation of Transboundary Harm: Detrimental Divergent Policymaking and Enforcement in the European Emissions Trading System.
  4. Majah-Leah Ravago. Department of Economics, University of Hawaii; USA. Efficient REDD+ Reforms for Greener Forests.

Session #9: Natural Disasters: Impacts & Preparedness

[Saturday, May 7th, 2.30-3.30pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 363]

  1. Jesse Anttila-Hughes. Sustainable Development Program, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; USA. Socially Heterogeneous Demographic and Health Impacts of Tropical Cyclones.
  2. Jaime Sainz. School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara; USA. The Politics of Natural Disaster Preparedness.

Session #10: Innovations in Communication

[Saturday, May 7th, 2.30-3.30pm: Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 457]

  1. Kathryn Nadine Vasilaky. Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland; USA. Using Social Networks for Low Cost Training in Developing Countries?: A Randomized Control Trial of Agricultural Information Exchange in Rural Uganda.
  2. Laurent Beduneau-Wang. Europe-Asia Finance Institute (EURASFI); France. Complementary Currencies Associated with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to Improve Local Financing of Sustainable Cities and Communities.


The Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is the official organization of the students in the Ph.D. Program in Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for this event: the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) at Columbia University; and the Office of the University Chaplain at Columbia University.



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