UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


The Labour Movement, the State and Climate Change - What Must be Done to Prevent Catastrophe

25 April 2024, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

UCL IIPP Labour and Climate Change Lecture Series

Join UCL IIPP for the first in the Labour and Climate Change Lecture Series with Damon Silvers and explore the critical role workers and unions will play in the fight against climate change.

This event is free.

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UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
11 Montague Street
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The first public talk as part of the UCL IIPP Labour and Climate Change Series 2024 will explore the nature of climate change as both a political economy problem and an engineering problem, the implications of the increasingly alarming science of climate change, the nature of state action required to effectively fight climate change in the closing window we have left, and the critical role of workers, their unions and their political organisations in providing the political backing necessary for effective climate policy.  

The lecture will be presented by Professor Damon Silvers

Read more about the IIPP lecture series 2024

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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