Giving green teeth to the Tiger? A critique of ‘green growth’ in South Korea

29 March 2017, 2.00 PM - 29 March 2017, 4.00 PM

Sun-Jin Yun, Seoul National University

Peel lecture theatre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Yun of Seoul National University is one of the lead authorities on Green Economy, Green Growth, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development in Korea. As well as lecturing on a Cooperative Programme for Environmental Education and Global Environmental Management at Seoul National University, she also carries out research with the Environmental Planning Institute and Asia Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. In addition, she is a member of several committees of Korea’s Ministry for the Environment. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Environmental Studies and the author of numerous papers. In 2016 she contributed to a groundbreaking new book on alternatives to Green Growth: ‘Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternative’. Her main focus is on the political economy of climate change, climate and energy policies, environmental and climate justice, anti-nuclear and energy transition movements, discourse analysis, and common pool resource management. She is a former president of a grassroots environmental organization for energy transition, called the Center for Energy Alternatives, which introduced the concept of citizens’ power plants in Korea. She has also participated in an international and cross-national research project, COMPON (Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks). Professor Yun believes that climate change and the recent Fukushima nuclear accident are messages from nature indicating the unsustainability of growth-oriented economic development. She believes that we need to respond to these messages with sincere reflection and active practice for change. Her work is relevant to all those working on socially just transition to a sustainable society and, more broadly, to those who are concerned with political economy, urban planning, social and environmental policy, environmental management and engineering for sustainability.

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This event is being organised by Cabot Institute and the School for Policy Studies.

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