A series of webinars created by the Hothouse at ANU, discussing the intersections between climate change, inequity, and human health. The focus is on actions that enable transformative change away from the harmful consumptogenic system to systems that promote good health, social equity and environmental wellbeing.

This episode featured Robyn Ekersley, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

The most influential accounts of the relationship between international order and justice in International Relations insist that establishing international order (especially among great powers) is necessarily prior to international justice.  However, these accounts were not fashioned with the challenge of global heating in mind, and they tend to ignore the many ways in which international orders constitute and maintain climate injustices. 

This presentation offered an ecologically enlarged account of world order that exposes the deepening contradictions between international ordering practices and their unjust disordering effects, which will undermine international order and produce increasingly dysfunctional states over time. It will be shown that addressing the climate (in)justice claims of the most vulnerable allows the demands of prudence and justice to converge to protect both societies and the climate system, but this will demand a new international economic order and not just a fairer and more effective climate regime.

Event Speakers

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Robyn Ekersley

Robyn has published widely in the fields of environmental political theory and International Relations, with a particular focus on democracy, the greening of states, and the governance of climate change.  She received a Distinguished Scholar Award (Environmental Studies) at the International Studies Assoc. Annual Convention, Toronto 2019.

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Megan Arthur

Megan is a Laureate Research Fellow with the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse. She is an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher working at the intersection of social policy and public health. She studies the politics of governance for health and wellbeing at multiple levels.

Sharon Friel

Sharon Friel

Sharon Friel is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity.