Global Convening Programmes 2023
Professor Leigh Jenco and Dr Hasan Karrar
London School of Economics and Political Science
China today is widely acknowledged as a global norm maker, an influence that is unprecedented yet undertheorized in light of the paradigmatic status of Euro-American norms and orders. What do Chinese global orders look like, where are they constituted, and from whose perspective?
Our multidisciplinary team leverages local knowledge, traces global connections, and analyses empirical data, visual representations, and textual evidence to articulate new conceptualizations of global order centred on this longstanding major actor.
By viewing China not as a homogenous ‘other,’ but as a differentiated site of cultural, economic, philosophical and aesthetic entanglements across Asia, Africa, and Europe, we reconstitute the place and content of global orders—past, present, and future. We move conversations beyond unhelpful East-West binaries to recognize Chinese global order as a diverse set of imaginaries, that are always in the process of formation and subject to challenge at both local and global levels.
Professor Keri Facer and Professor Nomi Claire Lazar
University of Bristol
The idea of a 'just transition' is not just a political idea, it is an idea that is steeped in particular conceptions of time. It implies a before and after, a moment of change and disruption. This is characteristic of much of the public debate about climate change which is riven with contested temporal frames: should we think about future generations or the needs of the present? Are we talking about one slow change or multiple, rapid shifts? How can we coordinate the timescales of indigenous nations, industrial processes, carbon, politics?
The aim of this programme is to bring together an interdisciplinary global network of scholars to ask:
- How does time play a role in shaping our understanding of what constitutes a Just Transition?
- What temporal frames tend toward justice for both people and other beings?
- What tools for thinking with and about time can facilitate democratic public climate debate?
Dr Sonia Lewycka and Professor Phaik Yeong Cheah
University of Oxford
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant global concern, with 10 million annual deaths and US$100 trillion projected cost to the global economy by 2050 if no action is taken. Like climate change, AMR is a multi-sectoral, borderless problem that disproportionately affects the poorest, and requires collective action and coordinated efforts. Urgent, system-wide change is needed to avoid a future where antimicrobials do not work, and common infections become life-threatening. Current efforts focus on solutions developed in high-income settings, which neglect structural challenges, particularly for poor communities where the disease burden is highest. We aim to develop a framework for Just Transitions toward equitable and sustainable solutions to mitigate AMR. Our proposal outlines strategies to engage diverse groups of stakeholders to devise fair policies and regulatory tools, and has the potential to transform approaches to tackling AMR. Synergies with Just Transitions for agriculture and climate will have wider planetary health benefits