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Security, Insecurity and the Anthropocene

Security, Insecurity and the Anthropocene
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Online event

Fifty years on from the Stockholm Conference—the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment—we find ourselves in a world marked by profound, accelerating and possibly irreversible environmental change. No ecosystem is untouched by human influence. And no area of human activity is unaffected by environmental change.

The Anthropocene concept has been advanced to capture this new world. When humanity dangerously disrupts the earth’s biosphere and life-upholding systems, what new insecurities emerge? What, fundamentally, does security mean in the Anthropocene, and how can we deliver it?

In this webinar, the editors and chapter authors of the new volume Anthropocene (In)securities: Reflections on Collective Survival 50 Years After the Stockholm Conference will discuss some of the key issues of security and insecurity raised in the Anthropocene.

This online event is organized by SIPRI, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Mistra Geopolitics.

Watch a recording of the webinar here.


Introductory remarks

Dr Eva Lövbrand, Associate Professor in Environmental Change at Linköping University, Sweden

Dr Malin Mobjörk, Senior Research Officer at Formas and former Director of SIPRIs Climate Change and Risk Programme


Anthony Burke, Professor of Environmental Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Stefanie Fishel, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Marcus King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Master of International Affairs Program at George Washington University, United States

Björn-Ola Linnér, Professor in Environmental Change at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University and Associate Research Fellow at SEI, Sweden

Beatriz Rodrigues Bessa Mattos, Assistant Professor in International Relations at Universidade Veiga de Almeida, Brazil

Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Ambassador for Stockholm+50 at the Swedish Ministry of the Environment


Dan Smith, SIPRI Director