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Environment and Conflict

Online International Symposium organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park Campus, 12th July 2021 

Rising sea levels, droughts, bushfires, and other extreme weather events are exacerbating existing environmental stresses, and provoking unprecedented challenges to states and communities. These growing environmental challenges multiply the risk of social deprivation, political instability and war. As the international community struggles to find consensus on limiting carbon emissions, the challenges to peace and security that will arise in a warming world are only beginning to be understood. The aim of this event is to explore the relationship between climate change and challenges to peace. We will receive papers from scholars, practitioners and activists on all the dimensions of environment and conflict including, among others: 

  • Security, intelligence and governance
    • Human rights, justice and law
    • Interlinked global challenges (displacement, food scarcity, etc.)
    • Urban settings
    • Management
    • Role of religious traditions and communities in the action for environmental protection
    • Civil society mobilization
    • Education
    • Expression and representation in literature and arts
    • Media and communication

Please send abstracts of maximum 300 words (word format) for presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes, together with a maximum of 5 keywords and a biography of 150 words including name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information and technical requirements where applicable to by May 1, 2021.

Registration free of charge for the symposium will open soon after the call for papers have been closed. 

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Keynote speakers

Malcolm Miles

Malcolm Miles is a writer and researcher on critical theory, culture and urbanism. His recent books include Paradoxical Urbanism (Palgrave, 2021), Cities and Literature (Routledge, 2019), Limits to Culture (Pluto, 2015), and Eco-Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is currently working on a book on radical aesthetics (contracted by Bloomsbury for 2022-23). Until retirement in 2016 Malcolm was Professor Cultural Theory in the School of Architecture, University of Plymouth, and a Visiting Professor in Sociology at Keele University. Despite events, he regards himself still a European citizen.

John Vogler

John Vogler is Professorial Research Fellow in International Relations at Keele University. He has been involved with the international relations of the environment over the last three decades and is the author of numerous publications including Climate Change in World Politics (2016) Palgrave Macmillan. he is currently working on the prospects for COP 26.

Useful information

12th July 2021

Hope Park Campus,
Liverpool Hope University
Taggart Avenue
L16 9JD