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18:15 - 19:45 20 June 2018

Policy for Transformations: The Role of the State in Just Green Transformations


Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre | Archaeology G6 LT
31-34 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PY | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Jos Delbeke, Former Director-General of the European Commission’s DG Climate Action (2010-March 2018), Senior Adviser for Relations with the European University Institute, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission (as of March 2018)
Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources and UCL Energy Institute
Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)
Sharon Turner, Consultant Director for the Governance Programme at the European Climate Foundation (ECF)

There is now broad consensus that a transformation of the current fossil-fuel based economy to an inclusive, low-carbon economy is urgently required. So far, however, efforts to promote ‘green growth’ have fallen far short of what is required. Most experts agree that to effectively and equitably deal with climate change responses will have to go deeper and faster than market mechanisms alone will allow.

One of the key social forces capable of accelerating such a transformation remains the state. However, state action is often disappointing in practice and subject to powerful countervailing forces. In turn, while the rewards of a green economy are potentially great, policy architects must also grapple with such short-term challenges as human capacity development and reskilling a large workforce for green jobs.

This public panel event will bring together leading thinkers to advance debate on the catalytic and regulatory function of the state in this ambitious endeavour.


Julia Kreienkamp
+44 (0) 203 108 9290 | j.kreienkamp@ucl.ac.uk