Prof Miranda Schreurs (Moderator)

Prof. Miranda Schreurs (PhD University of Michigan) is Chair of Climate and Environmental Policy at the Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich. She investigates environmental movements, green politics, and climate policy making both comparatively and internationally. She has researched in Europe, the United States and Asia. She also specializes on the politics surrounding the disposal of highly radioactive waste. In 2011, Prof. Schreurs was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a member of the Ethics Committee for a Secure Energy Supply. In 2016, she was appointed by the German Bundestag as a member of a committee established to bring citizens’ voices and ensure greater transparency in the search for a disposal site for highly radioactive waste. She was a member of the German Council on the Environment (2008-2016) and is Vice Chair of the European Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainable Development. She was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan and Germany and spent three years studying at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also worked as a professor of comparative politics at the University of Maryland. From 2007 to 2016 she was Director of the Environmental Policy Research Center and Professor of Comparative Policy at the Free University of Berlin.

A quote on the subject:

“We are at a critical point in time when it comes to climate change. With rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, there is no time to lose. We must rapidly shift away from our fossil fuel dependence and wasteful consumption and develop more sustainable industries and practices. We can and we must do better in our fight to address climate change and its adverse consequences. The COVID pandemic has been painful but has also shown us that radical change is possible. Let us learn from this crisis and persuade government, industry, and society as a whole to step up to the climate change challenge both for the wellbeing of this and future generations.”