SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

The data revolution: solving the climate crisis

Dr Harald Heubaum (SOAS); Felicia Jackson (SOAS)

Date: 20 May 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 20 May 2019Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AP

Type of Event: Gathering

Over three years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, global investment in climate change mitigation, adaptation and putting economies on a more sustainable footing has reached new heights. However, efforts to date have really only scratched the surface and more information is needed. Little centralised, standardised and reliable data for developing and transition economies exists and is often difficult to access. This talk discusses the problems, proposes solutions and spells out a bold new vision for solving the climate crisis: the data revolution.

Dr. Harald Heubaum is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global Energy and Climate Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). His research focuses on organizational change and innovation in global energy and climate governance; energy and climate policy in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the MENA region; low-carbon cities, resilient infrastructure and urban resource management; and data for climate and sustainable finance. He convenes CISD’s MSc degree in Global Energy and Climate Policy both on-campus and online and is Deputy Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance.

Felicia Jackson is an experienced entrepreneur who has successfully fund-raised, founded and built businesses in the data and information sector. She is chief executive of SUFINDA C.I.C., works as a board advisor to a number of companies, and provides consultancy services to SMEs and multinationals. She was previously a co-founder of New Energy Finance (now owned by Bloomberg as Bloomberg NEF).

Currently a member of a UN Environment technical expert group developing a methodology for targets and indicators for SDG 17.7.1., she is the author of Conquering Carbon (New Holland Publishers, 2009) and her work has appeared in numerous specialist titles in the renewable energy and cleantech space as well as The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and the Huffington Post. Felicia teaches Global Energy and Climate Policy and Finance, Sustainability and Climate Change. She is also a member of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance.

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