Clark University professor speaks on global consumption at World Resources Conference in Davos

Brown, Halina at Davos 10.13 cmp Clark University ES&P Professor Halina Brown makes a point during the World Resource Forum conference in Davos.

Clark University Professor Halina Brown attended the World Resource Forum (WRF) conference held in Davos, Switzerland, October 7-9. The conference’s primary emphasis is the use of technological advances to solve some of the   world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Brown was invited to be a plenary speaker at the conference, where she addressed issues surrounding global consumption. Even though the conference does aim to address improving the efficiency of natural resources and better governance of these resources, Brown notes that consumption has been rarely addressed as a key topic.

The WRF cited Brown in its press release about the conference. “A transition to a post-consumer society requires a new notion of well-being in people’s private lives, and new types of economic activities that produce livelihoods that are not dependent on ever growing consumption.”

This past June, Brown served as the conference chair for SCORAI, the international conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative, held at Clark University.

Brown is a professor of Environmental Science and Policy, and is the Program Director of the Environmental Science Undergraduate Major. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University. Her research interests include socio-technical system  innovation in sustainability transition, use of information disclosure as a regulatory instrument for sustainability, comparative international environmental policy, and management of risks from toxic substances.

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