UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Lessons from Bidenomics and the US Auto Strike, the British Steel Industry, and the Global South

30 April 2024, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

UCL IIPP Labour and Climate Change Lecture Series

Join UCL IIPP for the next public talk in the Labour and Climate Change Lecture Series with Damon Silvers and explore four case studies looking at the interactions of government, labour parties and unions globally and the impact they have on effective climate change policy.

This event is free.

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Watch this the second lecture in the Labour and Climate Change series will look at four case studies over the last two years—President Biden’s massive climate-related public investment agenda and the response from US trade unions, the effort to decarbonise the British steel industry, the attempt to phase out the South African coal mining industry, and the effort by President Lula to decarbonise Brazil’s economy after years of climate denial under his predecessor.  In each case, the interactions of government, labour parties, and labour unions provides lessons about what to do and not to do to fight climate change effectively, both in the developed and the developing world.

The lecture is presented by Professor Damon Silvers


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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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