Climate Action webinar series

International, inter-university collaboration on global climate change

Date: 28/10/2021

Duration: 12:30-13:30 (BST); 07:30-08:30 (EDT)

Location: Online

How are universities contributing to advance climate action?

Commonwealth Alumnus Ian Rowlands will present a webinar to discuss how universities around the world are making multiple contributions to advance climate action. Universities are getting involved to combat climate change and its impacts, conducting research to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, deploying effective adaptation strategies, and teaching the next generation of climate specialists and broader citizenry to be ready to engage with climate challenges and opportunities. The presentation will focus on the ways in which universities worldwide are making contributions at various levels, such as individually, collectively within national associations, and in particular internationally, through bilateral partnerships and broader networks.

Ian will illustrate ways in which universities are making critical contributions in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 on climate action.

The webinar will last for approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

The CSC’s Climate Action webinar series will provide a platform for Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni working and conducting research in areas related to climate change to present on their work and impact in this field to the CSC community.

You can watch previous webinars, delivered as part of the monthly Knowledge Hub webinar series, on the CSC’s YouTube channel.

Ian Rowlands is the Associate Vice-President, International at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he is also a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Ian has administrative, research, and teaching interests in climate change, energy management strategies, international education, and strategic planning. He heads the Waterloo International, the University of Waterloo’s ‘university-level international office’ where he is playing a leadership role across a range of areas, including equity, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in international relations; evaluation processes; strategic partnerships; and virtual internationalisation.

Ian has previously worked at the United Nations Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also held visiting positions at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the UK Department for International Development, and the European University Institute.

Ian Rowlands is a 1987 Commonwealth Scholar from Canada. He completed his PhD in International/Comparative Politics at London School of Economics and Political Science.