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Webinar series

As a key part of our thought leadership role, CIET runs a webinar series called Perspectives on the Energy Transition featuring conversations, lectures and Q&As with experts in a range of fields.

Our webinar series brings together experts in all areas of the energy transition to share their knowledge, findings and research. Thought leadership is a key element of the energy transition, and CIET aims to provide the background needed to inform the decision making process at industry, government and community levels.

If you would like to participate in this series or suggest a potential speaker, please contact us at ciet@curtin.edu.au.

Upcoming webinars

How can we decarbonise society in ways that are place-sensitive and fair? With Prof. Patrick Devine-Wright

How can we decarbonise society in ways that are place-sensitive and fair? With Prof. Patrick Devine-Wright

Tuesday 14 May, 4:00-5:00pm (AWST)
In this talk, Prof. Devine-Wright will critically discuss the challenges this poses for policy and practice, and for social science. He will share a set of principles that are relevant to different aspects of the research ecosystem, from funders, to University research groups and individual researchers. Collectively, these social science frameworks and principles can recast technology deployment as an act of place-making with the potential to deliver greener, fairer and more resilient communities, and ensure social science research contributes to, rather than undermines, just energy transitions.

Economics, behaviour and the energy transition with Prof. Kelly Shue

Economics, behaviour and the energy transition with Prof. Kelly Shue

Wednesday 29 May, 9:00-10:00am (AWST)
Our third webinar will feature Professor Kelly Shue, Professor of Finance at Yale School of Management, discussing a new measure of impact elasticity, defined as a firm’s change in environmental impact due to a change in its cost of capital. Her recent research has found that sustainable investing that directs capital away from brown firms and toward green firms may be counterproductive, in that it makes brown firms more brown without making green firms more green. She proposes that, due to a mistaken focus on percentage reductions in emissions, the sustainable investing movement primarily rewards green firms for economically trivial reductions in their already low levels of emissions.

Past webinars

Which future will we build? with Prof. Clark A. Miller

In this talk, Clark reflected on a series of participant observations, experimental interventions, and imaginative exercises in the redesign of Arizona energy systems that shed light on the critical importance of design choices in the global decarbonization of energy systems.