Aladdin Diakun Gives Public Lecture On Geoengineering And IP Law

On Thursday 16 May, GCRI hosted an online lecture by Aladdin Diakun entitled ‘Towards the Effective Governance of Geoengineering: What Role for Intellectual Property?’ Aladdin is an MA Candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs who is researching how IP law can serve as a form of de facto governance of geoengineering.

The UK Royal Society defines geoengineering as “the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change.” With the atmospheric concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere recently having reached 400ppm—higher than …

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Katherine Thompson Gives GCRI Public Lecture On Psychology Of Uncertainty

In GCRI’s first public lecture (26 November 2012), Katherine Thompson spoke on the psychology of uncertainty in a talk titled “What We Think About When We Think About Probability: How Our Experience Affects the Way We Perceive the Risk of Rare Events”. Katherine is a PhD student in Psychology at Columbia University and researcher with Columbia’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, a group I’m also affiliated with. She’s been working on, among other things, the psychology of disaster preparedness [1].

Global catastrophic risk is fundamentally …

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GCRI Welcomes Research Associate Tuncay Alparslan

We’re pleased to announce our newest affiliate, Research Associate Tuncay Alparslan. Here’s his bio from the GCRI People page.

Tuncay is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Statistics at American University. Tuncay holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University (2006), an M.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University (2005), and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (2001). As a Research Associate, Tuncay contributes to GCRI research on uncertainty and integrated assessment.

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