Economic & Societal Change Symposium

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Cambridge Zero Research Symposium

"Economic & Societal Change: Achieving sustainable development using natural capital, social capital and sustainable finance"

Location: In-person only, Pavilion Room at Hughes Hall, Cambridge

Registration: Spaces are limited. To confirm your attendance, please email Dr Daniel Robins on

Introduction from Emily Farnworth, Director, Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prof David Reiner"Climate action: lessons from history"
  • Dr Anil Madhavapeddy, "Financing forests: a credible approach to halting tropical deforestation"
  • Dimitri Zenghelis, "The wealth economy: measuring social and natural capital
  • Dr Claire Barlow, "Plastic food packaging: balancing the evils"
  • Dr Markus Hellenbrand, "Computers and the internet: climate hazard or opportunity?"
  • Dr Tong Xu, "Governmental energy innovation funding and institutions in China"
  • Dr Ronita Bardhan, "What is so hard about the hard-to-decarbonise sector? - the case of residential buildings in UK"
  • Emma Houiellebecq, "Impacts of climate change in fragile contexts: mapping the cascading effects in Venezuela and the Gaza Strip"
  • Soniya Gupta-Rawal, "Upskill to upscale: capital-centric opportunities for skill training of micro- entrepreneurs in emerging markets"


  • 1-2pm: Light Lunch
  • 2-5pm: Symposium
  • 5-6pm: Drinks Reception

Download the full programme and abstracts here



This Michaelmas term, Cambridge Zero in collaboration with Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement are running four half day research symposia. The aim of these symposia is to showcase the ground-breaking research related to sustainability, climate change, and net-zero that is happening across Cambridge, to connect researchers from across different communities and disciplines, and encourage new collaborations. Attendance is free.

Each symposium will feature a number of keynote presentations from senior Cambridge academics, and we are inviting submissions from Early Career Researchers (Cambridge Postdocs and PhD students) to present their research in a series of 10 minute presentations.  We invite interested researchers whose work fits under the broad remit of sustainability and/or climate change to submit abstracts via this form.

The audience is likely to be predominantly internal Cambridge researchers, but we also expect some external interest.

If you would like to attend without presenting, you are also welcome. In this case, please email Dr Daniel Robins on to secure your space, so that we know how many will be attending. 

Upcoming Research Symposia in this series are:

  • 28th October – Economic & Societal Change: Achieving sustainable development using natural capital, social capital and sustainable finance.
  • 8th November – Carbon Capture & Climate Repair: What, where, when, how, by whom and for whom?
  • 21st November – Behavioural Change & Education: Tackling misinformation and promoting institutional and individual action.
  • 7th December – Climate & Disease: Drivers, impacts and solutions.


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