Seminar: Peace and the environment

Occasionally, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded for extraordinary efforts to promote environmental research or policies. By doing so, the Norwegian Nobel Committee seems to have acknowledged that a relationship exists between peace and the environment. This thematic day addresses aspects of this possible relationship – which remains disputed – through two keynote lectures, four brief talks, and a panel debate. The committee has consisted of  Jon Hovi, Brynjar Lia og Nikolai Kristoffersen Winge.

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09.00: Posters and Coffee

10.00: Welcome and introduction

  • Welcome by UiO's Vice-Rector Åse Gornitzka
  • Introduction by Helene Løken

10.15 Key note lectures

(in Norwegian):

Drømmer om fred og verdens realiteter: Nobels fredspris 1901-2018

  • Geir Lundestad, professor emeritus and former Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee between 1990 and 2014

Makt, konflikt og interesser: Geopolitikk i det 21. århundre

  • Asle Toje, former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and current member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Moderator: Helene Løken

Portrait: Åse Gornitzka, Photo UiO
Åse Gornitzka
Portrait: Helene Løken
Helene Løken
Portrait: Geir Lundestad
Geir Lundestad
Portrait: Asle Toje
Asle Toje

12.00 Lunch

13.00 - 15.00 Panel – on Peace and the Environment

Displacement, violence and cooperation: Security in a warmer world

  • François Gemenne, FNRS Senior Research Associate and Director at The Hugo Observatory at University of Liège and co-director of the Observatory on Defence and Climate of the French Ministry of Defence

Climate change, violence, and conflict in Kenya

  • Siri Eriksen, Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

What drives conflicts between farmer and herders in Africa?

  • Tor Benjaminsen, Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Will climate change lead to more wars?

  • Halvard Buhaug, Research Professor at PRIO and Professor of Political Science at NTNU

Moderator: Helene Løken

Portrait: François Gemenne
François Gemenne
Portrait: Siri Eriksen
Siri Eriksen
Portrait: Tor Benjaminsen
Tor Benjaminsen
Portrait: Halvard Buhaug
Halvard Buhaug
Portrait: Helene Løken
Helene Løken


University of Oslo
Tags: fred, miljø, fagdag
Published Oct. 15, 2018 10:32 AM - Last modified May 21, 2019 2:48 PM