Webinar Series

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia University)

Sustainable Development as a Path to Peace

2. Promoting Peace through Shared Governance of the Seas by Prof Cullen Hendrix of University of Denver, USA (November 25, 2020)
4. Protected Area Management & Natural Resource Governance by Dr Joshua Fisher and Sophia Rhee of Columbia University, USA (January 28, 2021)
6. Sustaining the City’s Continuity & Enhancing Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Prof Ali Cheshmehzangi of University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (February 26, 2021)
8. SDG framework as core of development diplomacy by Prof Joyashree Roy of Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (April 9, 2021)
10. Earth System Governance for Sustainable Development & Peace by Frank Biermann of Utrecht University, The Netherlands (May 20, 2021)
12. Democratising Science and Research to Address Environmental Conflict by Dr Richard Friend of University of York, UK (July 29, 2021)
14. The State of Climate Change Research in Africa by Dr Yvette Baninla of University of Bamenda, Cameroon (January 27, 2022)
18. Integrated Water Solutions for Cities Resilient to Global Climate Change by Prof. Ricardo Hirata of the University of São Paulo, Brazil (September 8, 2022)
20. Urbanization and Urban System Sustainability in the Anthropocene by Prof. Xuemei Bai of the Australian National University, Australia (December 2, 2022)
22. Exploring Unexpected Collaboration to Advance Biosphere Stewardship by Prof. Henrik Österblom of Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden (January 18, 2022)
3. PeaceTech and the Prospects for Critically Engaging Technology by Prof Paul Heidebrecht of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, Canada (December 16, 2020)
5. Meeting the evolving peace requirements of post-conflict societies by Dr Florian Krampe of SIPRI, Sweden (February 12, 2021)
7. Initiative for Peace in South Sudan by Dr Andrea Bartoli of Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue, USA (March 18, 2021)
9. Ecological Threats, Peace, and COVID-19 by Steve Killelea AM of Institute for Economics & Peace, Australia (April 15, 2021)
11. Disaster Risk Reduction under Conflict Situation by Dr Takako Izumi of Tohoku University, Japan (June 17, 2021)
13. The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs by Dr Anders Karlsson of Global Strategic Networks, Asia Pacific, Elsevier (November 5, 2021)
15. United Nations 75th Anniversary Declaration, “Our Common Agenda”, and the SDGs by Prof Akiko Yuge of Hosei University, Japan (February 3, 2022)
19. Positive Peace and Environmental Sustainability: Local Dynamics in Conflict-Affected Societies (October 18, 2022)
21. Minority Languages and Inter-ethnic Peace through a Linguistic Perspective by Dr. Hiwa Asadpour of Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany (December 7, 2022)
23. Drinking Water Sustainability and Source Selection by Dr. Katherine Alfredo of the University of South Florida, USA (June 23, 2023)