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Climate Justice Series: Segregation and Environmental Injustice

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February 9, 2024

10:00 am - 11:30 pm est

Please join the Ambedkar Initiative at the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, the India Program at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the SIPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate & Engagement (DEICE) Committee, Columbia Climate School, and South Asia Institute for the next session in a series of discussions examining social and economic justice issues related to climate change and the energy transition in India.

The upcoming session, “Segregation and Environmental Injustice,” will integrate hard data and social sciences to frame environmental injustice in India as essentially caste injustice. Participants will be able to make connections with similar perspectives around questions of racial justice in climate change policies in the United States, particularly as this discussion will also include an introduction to Ava DuVernay’s new feature film Origin, adapted from Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste, on global systems of hierarchy, oppression, and access to resources.

The discussion will feature two experts, ecological economist Dr. Deepak Malghan and sociologist Dr. Gaurav Pathania, in a conversation moderated by Dr. Anupama Rao, director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the convenor of the Ambedkar Initiative. Dr. Adam Sobel, professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Engineering School will deliver welcome remarks. Deepali Srivastava, editor of CGEP’s Energy Explained, is the convenor of this series that honors the legacy of Columbia University alum and India’s civil rights icon, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891–1956), as an economist and an environmental rights leader, whose vision builds a bridge from past to present.

Speaker Biographies:

Deepak Malghan is a chemical engineer and ecological economist working at scale theory and thermodynamics interface. His applied environmental policy research has been centered on urban hydrology problems. Beyond ecological economics, Malghan’s lab at IIMB has pioneered new methods for characterizing ethnic inequality and stratification by combining tools and insights from economics, demography, and political science. His current projects apply these methods to study classical and emerging problems in ethnic politics and environmental injustice.

Among other recognitions for his contributions to scale theory, Malghan received the 2015 VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences and the 2023 T N Khoshoo Memorial Award. Malghan has served as an editor at Ecological Economics, the field’s flagship journal (from 2018 to 2023).

Gaurav Pathania is an assistant professor of sociology and peacebuilding in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Virginia. He has taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

His first book, The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics, conceptualizes student resistance in higher education in India. His current research examines the socio-political activism of the South Asian diaspora in the United States. He serves as deputy editor of the South Asia Research Journal published by SOAS, London.

Pathania runs the Global Initiative for Equity and Justice and collaborates with anti-caste, race, and feminist scholars working in the area of higher education and social justice. He also moderates the website to organize scholars engaging in caste and mental health research. He is an anti-caste poet, writer, and community builder. His poetry received a national award and has been published in popular and academic publications. As a community organizer, he is part of the Authors’ Lab (Ambedkar International Center) to mentor emerging scholars in the area of caste and social justice.

This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to the press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact CGEP Communications ([email protected]).

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].


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