Environmental Exchanges Seminar: Ruth Morgan

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This semester, the Centre for Environmental History's Environmental Exchanges seminar series will include four fantastic papers from a diverse group of historians on the theme 'climate'. All seminars will be held both in person, and online (Zoom links will be provided via Eventbrite closer to the date).

The fourth and final Environmental Exchanges seminar of our 'climate' series in Semester 1 2023 will be the following paper from CEH Director Associate Professor Ruth Morgan:

Climate, diplomacy and development since 1985

A planetary challenge such as climate change suggests the logic of an international collaborative response. The climate diplomacy that emerged at Fukuyama’s ‘end of history’ was founded on the notion that its technocratic internationalism, underpinned by climate expertise, offered a politically neutral alternative to liberalism. These origins encouraged the expectation that climate diplomacy would neatly follow scientific advances, and produce multilateral solutions to the climate problem. That this process has proven to be more complicated warrants further inspection. In the wake of the conclusion of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle, this paper examines the role of development in climate diplomacy since 1985.

Ruth Morgan is the Director of the ANU's Centre for Environmental History and an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean world, living and working on the unceded lands of the Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples. Her research has been generously supported by the Australian Research Council, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society.

When: 17 May 2023,12:30-1:45pm (Canberra time)

Where: Room 5.72, RSSS Building, ANU & Online via Zoom

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Date & time

Wed 17 May 2023, 12.30–1.45pm


5.72, RSSS Building, 146 Ellery Crescent, Acton


Ruth Morgan


Centre for Environmental History


Jessica Urwin


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