Climate Change and Climate Justice: Alternative Futures for Inseparable Challenge

This sessions seeks to provide space for thought leaders from the Global South to weigh in on what it means to dismantle inherent structures of ‘climate colonialism’.


About this event

As climate repair solutions develop, it is important to maintain a healthy focus on why climate repair is necessary and who benefits from the development of repair solutions. For many activists around the world, the problematic practice of Northern-centric climate repair has subtle repercussions that include exclusive and stifled space for thought leadership. This sessions seeks to provide space for thought leaders from the Global South to weigh in on what it means to dismantle inherent structures of ‘climate colonialism’.

About the organiser:

CCRC is a cross-disciplinary research institution that fosters collaboration around the world through multilateral research programmes. Premier experts in the fields of science, policy, engineering, economics, governance and beyond from across the University of Cambridge and partners develop these solutions. It was formed and is chaired by Sir David King. CCRC was created in response to the climate crisis, to provide comprehensive science and guidance towards action for climate repair.

While developing solutions for climate repair, CCRC promotes the participatory development of solutions in ways that promotes inclusion, peace, and stability. Incorporating diverse voices of communities impacted by climate change is core to our approach. 

Shailaja Fennell

Meet the speakers

Moderator:       Shailaja Fennell, CCRC Associate, Department of Land Economy

Professor Shailaja Fennell is Professor of Regional Transformation and Economic Security, Director of Research at Cambridge Central Asia Forum and a Fellow of Jesus College. Shailaja researches the linkages between rural development, environmental, and educational strategies across the regions of sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia and Central Asia since 2004. She specializes in the fields of institutional reform, regional transformation, gender and household dynamics, kinship and ethnicity, and the provision of public goods.

Shailaja is a co-I on TIGR2ESS, a research programme to study how to improve crop productivity and water use, identify appropriate crops and farming practices for sustainable rural development, with funding of £7.8 million from the Global Challenges Fund of RCUK. She is also a co-I on MillNeti, a sister research programme (2019-2021) that is focussed on how to improve iron nutrition status of people living in Ethiopia and The Gambia by assessing the bioavailability of iron from biofortified millet. She is the PI on an ASEAN funded project (2019-2021) to deliver the first ASEAN Development Outlook that focuses on policies to ensure inclusion and sustainability in South-East Asia. 

Shailaja Fennell was awarded her degrees of BA, MA, and MPhil in Economics from the University of Delhi, and then went on to read for her MPhil and PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research was on long term agricultural trends in India and China.


Yurshell Rodriguez, Environmental Engineer, National University of Colombia, Plaintiff in the first lawsuit for climate change and future generations in Latin America

Hunter Vaughan, Senior Research Associate,  Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, Cambridge University Centre

Joycelyn Longdon, Founder of Climate In Colour, MRes + PhD studying the Applications of AI to Climate Change, University of Cambridge

Ilona Mettiäinen, Researcher, Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland

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