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W. C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Reception: 5 p.m. | Lecture: 5:30 p.m.
Alfred G. Bailey Auditorium, Tilley Hall – Room 102
All are welcome to attend.

Join the Faculty of Arts for the W. C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture, which will be given by political scientist Dr. Matthew Hoffmann, Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Dr. Hoffmann will deliver "The Politics of Decarbonization"

The Politics of Decarbonization

Understanding and responding to the challenges of climate change for societies across the globe is a key concern for researchers across the humanities and social sciences. Despite the wealth of irrefutable climate science, technological innovations in non-emitting technologies, and engineering breakthroughs, the global governance system has been slow to respond, failing to produce an effective global response.

Professor Hoffmann’s innovative research on pathways to decarbonization and climate justice examines the problem of why so many responses to climate change stall or backtrack. Drawing on a multi-year research project with an international network of scholars investigating climate politics in a variety of urban, provincial, Canadian. and international contexts. Professor Hoffmann’s work explores possibilities for catalyzing transformative change as we navigate the climate emergency.

Matthew Hoffmann

Dr. Hoffman teaches classes on international relations, global governance, and environmental and sustainability politics. His research on decarbonization, climate change and environmental politics has been published in four books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters.

He also regularly contributes to media outlets such as The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Conversation and is the chair of the board of directors for the environmental NGO, Green Economy Canada.

The W. C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture was established in 1981 in honour of UNB professor and administrator Desmond Pacey who served UNB from 1944 until his death in 1975.   The lecture features leading speakers in the humanities and social sciences.