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4th Annual Pallot Memorial Lecture

4th Annual Pallot Memorial Lecture

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  • Wed 16 Sep ’09, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Show map



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  • Free Admission

"Holding Humanity to Account for the Future State of the Planet" presented by Jonathan Boston, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

Humanity faces a number of daunting long-term challenges, not least ensuring environmental sustainability and avoiding dangerous anthropogenic climate change.

This lecture will consider the nature of humanity’s responsibilities to protect the interests of future generations and ensure good stewardship of the environment. Particular attention will be given to the failure thus far of the global community, including developed countries like New Zealand, to address adequately the ‘diabolical policy problem’ (Garnaut, 2008) of climate change.

The reasons for this failure will be explored, including an analysis of various politically significant asymmetries and how these might be overcome or at least ameliorated. In this context, attention will be given to the potential contribution of the discipline of accounting to the global quest for a just and sustainable future.

Jonathan Boston has published widely in the fields of public management, tertiary education, social policy, comparative government, New Zealand politics and climate change policy, including 23 books and over 170 journal articles and book chapters.

During 1995-2003, he was a member of the New Zealand Political Change Project, based at Victoria University of Wellington and funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. The Project explored the behavioural, institutional and policy impacts of the introduction of proportional representation in New Zealand in 1996.

In 2000-02, he served as a member of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission, and subsequently worked for the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on the design, implementation and evaluation of the Performance-Based Research Fund. In this capacity he was the primary author of the TEC's report on the 2003 Quality Evaluation of research performance in New Zealand's tertiary education sector.

During 2005-08, he was Deputy Director of the IPS, and was appointed Director in mid-2008.

To secure your seat at this lecture, please RSVP to karen.ashby@canterbury.ac.nz or telephone (03) 364 3882 by Friday 11 September.

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