Webinar: Learning across global regions: Comparing climate marketcraft in developing countries

Event date: September 20, 2023

Wed, 20 Sep 2023 14:00 – 15:30 BST,

Learning across global regions: Comparing climate marketcraft in developing countries

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Local climate action benefits from learning across national cases, as there are valuable opportunities to look on recent experiences on policy and institutional design, and implementation. Novel experiences of economic reconfiguration and innovation in developing countries are rarely taken as models for extrapolation; and when comparisons occur amongst developing countries, these are mostly within regions, ie. Latin America or Sub-Saharan Africa.

In this Oxford Net Zero webinar, an expert panel led by Dr Jose Maria Valenzuela will focus on one role of state action, the making and reshaping of markets or marketcraft through industrial, regulatory, and investment policies. The panel will discuss the practice of comparison and extrapolation: What do we gain from expanding the scope of comparison and what tool can be used? What should have in mind when drawing conclusion from looking across cases? What examples of successful marketcraft should get our attention in developing countries?

Speakers

Dr Jose Maria Valenzuela

Jose Maria Valenzuela is a Research Fellow at Oxford Net Zero, working on global and comparative studies on decarbonisation and energy transition with an emphasis in emerging economies. He joined the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) as a postdoctoral researcher for the Governance and Standards for Carbon Neutrality (GASCONE) programme. He is Doctor in Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government with previous studies at El Colegio de Mexico, Tsinghua University, and the University of Chicago. Between 2011 and 2017, he worked for Mexico’s Department of Energy and WWF Mexico and consultant to UNIDO, UNEP, and the US-National Renewable Energy Lab. In 2021 he was awarded the Giandomenico Majone Prize from the European Consortium for Political Research for his research on expertise and regulation in electricity markets in Europe, China and Latin American. He is also an active member of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and the Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy.

Dr Jessica Omukuti

Jessica is a Research Fellow on Inclusive Net Zero at Oxford Net Zero, working with the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. Together with Prof Javier Lezaun and Dr. Radhika Khosla, Jessica leads ONZ’s research on how net zero can be made to be more inclusive to the Global South and to diverse groups within the Global South and Global North. She leads ONZ’s engagement with stakeholders in the Global South to outline pathways to inclusive net zero strategies, policies and actions. Jessica comes to this role with extensive research and practitioner experience. Jessica has led research on climate finance, climate justice and equity climate finance and governance of climate change adaptation. She has also managed development and resilience programming in the Global South. She has previously worked with international finance institutions such as the Green Climate Fund and international NGOs such as Mercy Corps and CARE International, and has developed a regional expertise from work in Sub-Saharan Africa. Jessica has a PhD in climate justice and equity in climate finance from the University of Reading (2020). She has also been appointed as the Oxford Net Zero Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford.

Dr Debora Ley

Dr. Debora Ley is Chief of the Energy and Natural Resources Unit of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is Lead Author for IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report Working Group II (Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation) and Lead Author of IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming at 1.5°C, focusing on adaptation, sustainable development and renewable energy. She is Coordinating Lead Author for the Nexus Assessment of IPBES and has authored other UNEP including Adaptation Gap Report and Climate Technology Progress Report. She has a DPhil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder, USA, and a BSc in Electromechanical Engineering. She has worked at Sandia National Laboratories in the US and has been a consultant with numerous organisations, focusing on topics of renewable energy, energy poverty, rural electrification, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is a volunteer with Engineers without Borders, Sense and Sustainability and an editor for the Journal of Regional Environmental Change.

Dr Wale Aboyade

Dr Wale Aboyade is the Director for Government Enablement at the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) where he is responsible for ensuring GEAPP’s investments lead to high impact and sustainable outcomes for our government partners. He has more than 18 years post-graduate experience developing and implementing clean energy and infrastructure projects from various perspectives; as project engineer, consultant, academic, project developer, and more recently as donor and investor. Before joining GEAPP, Wale led USAID’s energy and infrastructure portfolio for southern Africa countries where he responsible for deploying and managing more $100 million in development assistance towards energy sector reform and scaling of energy and water infrastructure projects. Wale has a honour’s degree in Civil Engineering from Nigeria, a master’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Dr Yixian Sun

Yixian Sun is an assistant professor in international development at the University of Bath. Specialised in environmental governance and sustainable development, his research explains the changing role of emerging economies, especially China, in global sustainability governance. He is the author of Certifying China (MIT Press, 2022) and has published over 20 articles in major scientific journals, including Environmental Politics Global Environmental Change, Nature Food, Nature Sustainability, Scienceand Review of International Political Economy. He is associate editor of Global Environmental Politics and World Development Perspectives and has served as a member of the Expert Peer Review Group of the UN-backed Race to Zero Campaign since 2021. Learn more about his work at www.yixiansun.com.

This event is hybrid. When you Sign up on Eventbrite you can choose to attend in-person (at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford, UK) or online via Zoom.

This event is the third in a series organised by Oxford Net Zero’s Fellows. Other events in the series:

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