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Addressing Climate Change: A Global Governance Approach

Picture of Professor Mizan Khan

The Center for Governance and Sustainability is bringing Professor Mizan Khan, current visiting scholar at Brown University, to the UMass Boston campus to speak about climate change. Professor Khan, who has more than three decades of experience in global environmental governance, will discuss climate change and the role of governance and diplomacy in finding solutions. The lecture is open to the UMass Boston community.

About the Lecturer

Mizan R. Khan has a PhD in environmental policy and management from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He is a professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Management (DESM) at North South University (NSU), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at Brown University in Providence, RI. He is also an adjunct professor at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Khan is a lead author of the Working Group III of the IPCC. From August 1981 he served the Bangladesh Institute of International & Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka, where he was a research director between May 1998 and June 2001. Before joining as chair of DESM in early July 2003, he served for four years as UNDP Environment Policy Specialist, working with the Government of Bangladesh. In the early 1990s, he worked for three years as a senior researcher at the Centre for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland at College Park. He was vice chair of the LDC Expert Group under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) between 2002 and 2004. He has attended the climate negotiations as a member of the Bangladesh delegation since 2001. Professor Khan is the focal point of the Nairobi Work Program of the UNFCCC, representing Academia in Bangladesh. He is working as project director of a 6-year CIDA-funded Partnership Project with the University of Manitoba, Canada, on “Building Environmental Governance Capacity in Bangladesh.” Khan’s recent publications include a research report on crop insurance as a risk management strategy in Bangladesh ("Climate Change Cell, Dept of Environment, Government of Bangladesh," Sept. 2009) and a policy paper he coauthored titled ”Adaptation Finance: How can Durban deliver on past promises?” In addition, he coauthored the article on “The Politics of Justice in International Adaptation Funding: Divisions in the Greenhouse,” which has been accepted by Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press) for publication. Khan speaks both Russian and French.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.

Event Cost: Free