Climate finance: taking a position on climate futures

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The 2023 Paul Bourke Lecture presented by Dr Sophie Webber, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney.

Climate change is increasingly conceptualised in financial terms. In policy and politics, climate change is viewed as a problem of bridging ‘financing’ gaps between the anticipated costs of climate change and available public and private finance, between developed and developing countries, and between mitigation and adaptation activities. These categorisations tend to frame climate finance as a neutral and technical tool for meeting shared goals for responding to climate change.

In this presentation, hear an alternative geographical perspective that is focused on how the ideas, instruments and institutions of climate finance are reshaping the relationships between our economies and climate change. Illustrated with examples of adaptation finance from the Asia-Pacific region, I outline different configurations of climate finance and demonstrate their potentials for more democratic and just climate futures.

Plus Q&A, followed by a cocktail reception.

Dr Sophie Webber is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Geography in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney and a winner of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia’s Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research.

Presented in partnership with the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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