Culture, Food, Climate

Culture, Food, Climate

The path to sustainability

14 June 2022, 5:00-6:00pm CEST
Online, Stockholm School of Economics

An event in the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe

Reports on climate change make it abundantly clear that the food we eat is part of the problem. However, we all depend on agriculture to survive and lead a healthy life. Essential to our survival as it is, food is not just an issue of sustenance and nutrition. It is intimately associated with cultures and cultural identities. Radically changing our modes of food production and consumption is likely to engender intense debate and conflicting views.

How could such perspectives be reconciled? What are the possible paths for revising our unsustainable relation to food production and consumption while preserving the cultural heritage and sense-making of food?

Join us to discuss and learn more on the future of food systems and climate change with researchers and experts from CIVICA universities and beyond!

The language of the event is English.

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  • Valentina Bosetti, Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Economics, Bocconi University
  • Friederike Döbbe, PhD researcher, Department of Management and Organisation, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Hannes Leo, Board Member, EFIS Centre


Speaker biographies

  • Valentina Bosetti
  • Friederike Döbbe
  • Hannes Leo
  • Laurence Romani

Valentina Bosetti is a Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Economics at Bocconi University. Valentina is also a senior scientist at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment, and she has been collaborating with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change since 2010.

She wrote numerous papers on integrated assessment modelling of climate change, on green innovation and on climate change perception. She was one of the lead authors of the 5th and 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC (2014, 2022). She was the Principal Investigator of two ERC Starting Grants, one on innovation and clean technologies (ICARUS) and a second on uncertainty and climate change (RISICO). Valentina served as the president of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (IAERE) and as a council member of the European one (EAERE). She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Italian TSO, Terna S.p.A.

Friederike Döbbe is a PhD researcher in Business Administration at the Department of Management and Organization at Stockholm School of Economics. She is also affiliated with the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum) at SSE.

Friederike holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a bachelor's degree in Corporate Management and Economics from Zeppelin University in Germany. She also has some policy-related experience in the field of climate change and environment, amongst others from interning with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva and supporting the 2021 German Citizen Assembly for Climate Change in the thematic area of food.

Hannes Leo is a co-founder and CEO of cbased and Discuto in Vienna, Austria, focusing on community-based innovation systems. Hannes is also a Board Member of EFIS Centre in Brussels, a non-for-profit research lab helping decision-makers deal with cross-sectoral and societal challenges, like climate change, resource efficiency, industry transition, by designing innovation ecosystems that also respect the boundaries of the planet. Besides contributing to this, he is presently working on the Viennese food system as well as a potential disruptor for the food system overall.

Laurence Romani is Professor of Management and Organisation at the Stockholm School of Economics, director of the Center for Responsible Leadership, as well as director of UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) at SSE. 


In the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe, researchers from CIVICA universities present their recent findings and interrogations on timely topics to the general public. The series aims to strengthen citizens' knowledge base and to facilitate a direct dialogue between social science researchers and the wider society. 

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This event is part of the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d’Europe. CIVICA brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. CIVICA was selected by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities under Erasmus+. 

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