Panel 5 – Meeting with Prof. Shiv Someshwar

As part of the preparation of the recommendations for the European Student Assembly, EUC students discuss with professionals related to their theme.

For that purpose, on February 12th, Panel 5  students will meet their first expert on the topic “Sustainable development or degrowth – What economic model can the EU adopt for tomorrow’s world and how can it be durably settled?”

Dr. Someshwar is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York and at Sciences Po, Paris. He recently stepped down from directing the European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition at Sciences Po. He leads multidisciplinary efforts on building development resilience to climate risks, and advises governments and multilateral institutions on identifying and implementing action priorities in pursuit of Agenda 2030. Dr. Someshwar teaches and conducts research on sustainable development and on climate change policies and risks. His publications cover a range of issues: planning, institutions and governance of sustainable development; climate change mitigation, adaptation, risks and offsets; and ecosystem resilience and management. He edited Re-living the memories of an Indian forester: Memoirs of S. Shyam Sunder (2020) and is currently working on ‘Realizing Development: Mismatch of research and institutions.’ 

Dr. Someshwar received a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he was a Bell-MacArthur fellow at Harvard University. He has two masters’ degrees, on housing and environmental planning, and is also trained as a professional architect. He has previously worked at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and the World Bank in Washington D.C. Amongst other engagements, Dr. Someshwar is a member of the Advisory Council of IDDRI – Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (a Paris-based think tank), a member of the Strategic Council of Chefs4theplanet (a global solutions network for sustainable gastronomy), and board member the Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Bogor, Indonesia, based research institute).

Through the meeting, students have actively exchanged on sustainable development and discussed the role the European Union could play to foster a transition.