WICI Talk: Can Information Technology Really Help Save the Planet?"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 14:00 - 16:00
Tatham Centre, Room TC2218, University of Waterloo
FREE to Attend: RSVP by contacting Catherine Mombourquette at 519.888.4567, ext. 84490 or cmombour@uwaterloo.ca

Information Technology and Resilience in the Anthropocene - Can Information Technology Really Help Save the Planet?

The possible implications of abrupt climate change, "planetary boundaries" and the failure of international institutions to deal with multiple interacting global crises have gained considerable scientific and political attention over the last years. Few sustainability scientists however, have elaborated another important global trend: the explosive evolution of, and cascading innovations in, information and communication technologies (ICT). What is the role of ICT in dealing with the repercussions of rapid global environmental change? And how can ICT build resilience in global environmental governance?

Speaker Profile: Victor Galaz

Victor Galaz holds a Ph.D. in political science, and is currently working as a researcher and theme leader at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University). His current research interests are in resilience theory, governance theory, information technological innovations, epidemics governance, and applications of complexity theory on social systems. Among his publications in English are articles in the journals Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Environmental Politics, Science, Ambio, Ecology and Society, Environment, and Governance. His work has been featured in international media such as Wired.com, The Guardian and New Scientist.