Carmin Symposium on Urban Climate Adaptation

In Memoriam of JoAnn Carmin (1957-2014)
MIT Stata Center
December 5, 2014, 1:00-6:00PM

This memorial symposium on honors the late Professor JoAnn Carmin, an internationally-renowned scholar of the institutional and societal dimensions of environmental governance.

Her research focused on urban climate adaptation, with particular attention to the question of why cities pursue climate adaptation planning, how adaptation activities are mainstreamed, and in what ways local governments address the needs of the most vulnerable populations in their decisions and implementation activities.

The event will celebrate Professor Carmin’s life, her dedication to mentoring students, and her scholarly contributions in the field of urban climate adaptation. Two panel sessions will then apply and extend her focus on social justice and local adaptation politics to new areas. First, how do actors outside of local government influence urban adaptation politics and implementation? Second, what opportunities, dangers, and gaps in social justice are revealed by recent city resilience plans? The event will conclude with thematic working groups that collectively strategize future research directions of the field given Professor Carmin’s legacy.