Parallel Session:Public Engagement & Climate Engineering: Whither and How?

14:00 - 15:30

It is widely acknowledged that engaging a wider range of people in conversations about climate engineering is desirable. Rather than reporting out specific insights derived from existing public engagement work, this panel will step back, addressing issues related to the rationales, promises, and challenges associated with public engagements in this domain more generally.

Arunabha Ghosh

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Arunabha Ghosh is CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), consistently ranked (three years running) as one of South Asia's leading policy research institutions; and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. With work experience in 40 countries and having previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York) and WTO (Geneva), Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world. He is the co-author/editor of four books: The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016); Energising India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2016); Human Development and Global Institutions (Routledge, 2016); and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). Arunabha’s essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature was selected as one of 2015’s ten most influential essays. Dr Ghosh has advised the Prime Minister’s Office and several ministries; was invited by France to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations; has been actively involved with the International Solar Alliance; and serves on the Executive Committee of the India-U.S. PACEsetter Fund. He also co-chaired the international governance working group of the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and in 2016 was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford.

Jane C.S. Long

United States of America

Dr. Long was chair of the Task Force on Geoengineering for the Bipartisan Policy Center and chairman of the California Council on Science and Technology’s California’s Energy Future committee.  She serves on the board of directors for the Clean Air Task Force, the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Board, the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment Advisory Board, and the Center for Carbon Removal Advisory Board.

Dr. Long recently retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she was the Principal Associate Director at Large, Fellow in the LLNL Center for Global Strategic Research and the Associate Director for Energy and Environment. She is currently a senior contributing scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund and was the Dean of the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno and Department Chair for the Energy Resources Technology and the Environmental Research Departments at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 

Dr. Long holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and Masters and PhD from U. C. Berkeley, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was named Alum of the Year in 2012 by the Brown University School of Engineering. Dr. Long is an Associate of the National Academies of Science (NAS) and a Senior Fellow and council member of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and the Breakthrough Institute.


Rob Bellamy

Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Masahiro Sugiyama

University of Tokyo

Masa Sugiyama is an associate professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo. His recent research focuses on public engagement (particularly from an Asian perspective) and governance of solar geoengineering as well as integrated assessment of mitigation.