Ioan Fazey
Lead Convener

Professor Ioan Fazey is Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience at the University of Dundee and Professor in Social Dimensions of Environmental Change. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with current research focusing on resilience, adaptation, what it means to achieve equitable and sustainable societal transformations and the practices that can help facilitate such changes. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles. His work has included international projects on diverse issues relating to ecosystem services, biodiversity, agricultural systems, social change, vulnerability and climate change. He currently leads a Joseph Rowntree Funded project focusing on climate resilience in flood affected communities in the Scottish Borders.

In his own words...

The intense global challenges, including climate change, massive and rising inequalities, and the need for greater attention to social justice and human wellbeing are resulting in the emergence of an underlying current of change. Whether we like it or not, major change is coming. Yet how that change manifests will depend largely on the ability of humanity to come together and question many fundamental assumptions and values about what it means to be human and the goals and aspirations of the human global collective. This will necessarily include new formulations between science, technology, society and the environment. Enhancing understanding of what transformation is, how it comes about, and how academics and practitioners can best help shape the emergence of significant change along positive trajectories for humanity is perhaps the most critical question of our time.

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