"Prairie Bluffs Burning" by George Catlin, 1832. Courtesy of Smithsonian Open Access.
Santa Fe, NM

All day

Our campus is closed to the public for this event.

The Emergent Political Economies theme seeks to reimagine the core assumptions of economic, political, and social life. If we had to summarize the SFI approach in one phrase, it would be: “How do we change the rules of the game?” The rules that we have in mind relate on the one hand to the tax, trade, immigration, and insurance policies that modulate economic activity and inequality; and on the other those regulations, incentives, beliefs, and institutions that amplify or inhibit social and technological innovation. By focusing on the fundamental rules, we are also highlighting the fact that the hardest problems society faces involve emergent properties – an absolutely central focus of SFI science.

Climate change and the clean energy transition is a perfect application for thinking about how to change the rules of the game to achieve a fundamental reorganization of our energy systems, as well as our systems for managing impacts of climate change over the next century. This requires addressing disparities in wealth, in vulnerability, and in technological capacity, as new energy technologies emerge and as political will to pay for changes increase with growing awareness of the challenges. In this Symposium we explored the complex interactions of economics, politics, and climate change, asking how ideas from complexity science can lead to new approaches to one of the world’s most difficult and persistent problems.

April 30 - Draft Agenda

09:00 AM - 09:15 AMWelcome & Opening Remarks
David Krakauer, Melanie Mitchell, Daniel Schrag
09:15 AM - 10:00 AMA Political View of Climate Change
David Victor
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMPanel of SFI Researchers & Science Board Members
Sam Bowles, Simon Levin, Daniel Schrag, Jessika Trancik, David Victor
11:00 AM - 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 AM - 12:00 PMFiscal Impacts of Climate Change
Lint Barrage
12:00 PM - 12:45 PMPanel of SFI Researchers and Science Board Members
Raissa D'Souza, Mirta Galesic, Ricardo Hausmann, Daniel Schrag
12:45 PM - 1:00 PMClosing Remarks
Melanie Mitchell, Daniel Schrag


David KrakauerDavid KrakauerSFI President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems
Melanie MitchellMelanie MitchellSFI Davis Professor of Complexity (Fractal Faculty), Science Board Co-chair & Science Steering Committee
Daniel SchragDaniel SchragSFI Science Steering Committee, and External Professor; Professor of Geology, Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard

Speakers & Panelists

Lint BarrageLint BarrageAssistant Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara, Associate Professor and Chair of Energy and Climate Economics at ETH Zurich
Sam BowlesSam BowlesProfessor at SFI
Raissa D'SouzaRaissa D'SouzaScience Board & External Professor at SFI; Professor of Computer Science & Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis
Mirta GalesicMirta GalesicProfessor at SFI
Ricardo HausmannRicardo HausmannScience Board Co-chair & External Professor at SFI; Director of the Center for International Development & Professor at Harvard
Simon LevinSimon A. LevinScience Board at SFI; James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton
Jessika TrancikJessika TrancikExternal Professor at SFI; Associate Professor at MIT
David VictorDavid VictorProfessor of Innovation and Public Policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego

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