Virtual Conference: Application of ethical principles for the design of Just Transition policies

Researchers from the University College Cork (UCC), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), Green Schools (An Taisce) and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) will present a selection of their research. The focus of the webinar will be on discussing how law, politics, education, and economics can benefit from the application of philosophical thinking regarding justice and ethics, and how they can inform the design of policies for environmental protection under a Just transition framework. We look forward to a series of interesting presentations from the presenters, which will be followed by a panel discussion.

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Welcome Address

Alan Barrett (Director, ESRI)


Session 1:  Legal, political and educational reasonings for the design of Just transition policies

Chair: Kian Mintz-Woo (UCC)

Orla Kelleher (UCD): A legal view for climate justice and Just Transition

Susan P. Murphy (TCD): A political view for climate justice and Just transition

Lukasz Krzywon (Green-Schools, An Taisce): An educational view of Ethics of Climate Change



End session 1


Session 2: Insights from moral philosophy and economics for the design of carbon taxes

Chair: Susan P. Murphy (TCD)

Kian Mintz-Woo (UCC): Ethical insights for the design of carbon taxes

Miguel Angel Tovar (ESRI) The cost of inaction



End session 2


Panel discussion

John Fitzgerald (Adjunct Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin, member of the Climate Change Advisory Council, former Research Professor at the ESRI)

Sadhbh O’Neill (Lecturer and researcher in Climate Politics and Policy at Dublin City University)

Frank Maughan (Principal Officer in the Climate Action Team of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications)