UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Climate Change, Labour and Innovation: 3

01 June 2022, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Climate Change Lecture Series: 3

The third talk in the Climate Change, Labour and Innovation Lecture Series will explore the nature of climate change as a public policy challenge and the centrality of labour policy to successfully addressing that challenge. Professor Silvers will draw upon his research into climate policy in the U.S., Germany and France, his experiences working for the U.S. labour movement, in a variety of roles in the U.S. government and as an Observer at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

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Join us for the third talk in the Climate Change, Labour and Innovation Lecture Series 2022 to hear Professor Silvers discuss 'how policymakers should think about the wickedest problem of all'. This lecture will look at the political economy of innovation surrounding the challenge of climate change, and in particular the role of workers and workers organisations in the effort to decarbonise the world’s economy in alignment with scientific assessments that global warming needs to be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius to ensure that the effects on human civilisation are manageable.

The lecture will be presented by Professor Damon Silvers.

The IIPP Climate Change, Labour and Innovation Lecture Series is convened by Professor Rainer Kattel

Read more about the IIPP lecture series 2022

About the Speaker

Professor Damon Silvers

Visiting Professor in Labour Markets and Innovation at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Professor Damon Silvers
Damon SIlvers has been a Visiting Professor at IIPP since 2019. Professor Silvers was the Policy Director of the AFL-CIO, the U.S. labour federation from 2009-2019, and Senior Strategic Advisor and Special Counsel to the President of the AFL-CIO from 2019 to 2022.

Professor Silvers continues to serve as an external advisor to the U.S. labour movement. Professor Silvers was a member of the Biden-Harris Administration transition teams for Financial Regulatory Agencies and for the Treasury Department in 2020-2021, and served as the Deputy Chair of the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, commonly known as the Bank Bailout, from 2008-2011. He has helped represent the U.S. labour movement at the UN COP, the OECD and the G-20 on numerous occasions, and has published extensively on financial regulation, labor law and public investment issues. Damon is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Silvers earned his Doctor of Laws from Harvard Law School with honors, his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School with high honors and is a Baker Scholar, and received his bachelors degree from Harvard College with highest honors. He also read history at Kings College, Cambridge.

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