Apr/04
Spring 2017 CDD Forum: Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

This half-day symposium will bring together leading scholars, policy experts and practitioners speaking to the opportunities and risks for urban planning and adaptation of an evolving climate security agenda. The security implications of climate change have become an increasingly dominant framing of the issue both inside and outside of the defense apparatus. As the history of the intersection between defense and urban planning has shown, this could have significant impacts on forms of adaptation in the built environment. In two panels on April 4th from 12:30 - 6:00, the symposium will offer a critical exploration of these issues, pointing to directions for future research and practice.

FEATURED SPEAKERS
Simin Davoudi – Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University
Damian F. White – Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences, RISD
Sarah E. Light – Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

AGENDA 
12:45 - 1:00 Opening Remarks 
Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher 
Doctoral Candidates, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning 

1:00 - 2:00 Keynote - Climate Change and the Securitization of Nature 
Simin Davoudi 
Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University

2:15 - 3:45 Panel 1: Framing Climate Security 
John E. Morton 
Former Climate and Security Advisor, the Obama National Security Council
Capt. James Goudreau 
U.S. Navy, Retired and Head of Climate, Novartis 
James P. Allen 
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and University of Illinois, Department of Urban and Regional Planning 
Damian White 
Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences, RISD 

3:45 - 4:15 Coffee Break 

4:15 - 4:30 Intro to Panel Two 
Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher 

4:30 - 6:00 Panel 2: The Practice of Climate Security 
Paul Holland 
Senior Analyst, Marstel-Day 
Sarah E. Light 
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School Catherine Fox-Lent 
Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Sharon Rooney 
Chief Planner, Cape Cod Commission 
Simin Davoudi (moderator) 

6:00 - 6:15 Closing Remarks 
Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher

6:15 - 7:00 Reception