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Resilience and Sustainable Development

The overarching mission of the Resilience and Sustainable Development programme is to offer valuable and actionable insights that will help ethical leaders to cope and to thrive; and to drive policy innovations and institutional development in a changing world. Resiliency and sustainability depend on good leadership, empowered people, the wise use of natural resources and the profitable activities of ethical companies to bridge the gaps between rich and poor, so as to enhance prosperity for all.

Programme

The Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) is a new, global research initiative based at the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge.

The overarching mission of RSDP is to offer valuable and actionable insights that will help ethical leaders to cope and to thrive; and to drive policy innovations and institutional development in a changing world. Resiliency and sustainability depend on good leadership, empowered people, the wise use of natural resources and the profitable activities of ethical companies to bridge the gaps between rich and poor, so as to enhance prosperity for all.

The three pillars of the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme are:
1.      Improving resilient leadership and adaptive governance
2.      Sustainable policy making and applied institutional innovations
3.      Building a resilient society and a responsible economy for the poor

As such, the RSPD helps to create a shared, multidisciplinary research and practice vision and to embed the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Environmental Accords within the work of the Centre for Rising Powers.
As the pace of global social and environmental change accelerates, truly sustainable development requires resilient communities. From remote forest villages to new cities, local communities depend on networks of resilience to obtain the critical elements of survival: water, food, health, education, energy, livelihoods and security.  To build resilient communities, we need the implementation of adaptive leadership models, the governance of sustainable policies and the process of institutional innovation to pursue resilience and sustainability in the global value chain of power, politics and commodity. Ultimately, this will help secure peace between people.

  • RSDP extends the frontiers of knowledge through research and scholarship on leadership, public service and decision-making.
  • RSDP convenes the World’s preeminent scholars and advocates for public service across fields and disciplines for game-changing engagement with students and faculty.
  • RSDP identifies, invests in and supports the rising generations from the emerging countries through robust fellowships and cutting-edge leadership development programs.

 

People

Director of Research

Nazia 200x200Nazia Mintz Habib is Research Director, and prior to this was Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Development Studies, a fellow of the Isaac Newton Trust and the Cambridge Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Center (MCSC). Before coming to  Cambridge, she was a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research interests focus on identifying pathways to improve sustainable development in developing countries by scaling up global value chain of primary commodities and catching up on institutional innovations. She studies the political economy sustainable development as a comparative development approach. She has published a monograph on Biofuels, Food Security, and Developing Economies. Along with her academic appointments, Nazia is also involved with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to implement an institutional feasibility study framework (IFS) that she developed. She also leads several knowledge products and dialogues at the United Nations (UN) on sustainable development related thematic areas including inclusive growth strategy, climate change, renewable energy, governance and green economy. Her publications can be found both as working papers for the United Nations and in academic journals on food security, renewable energy, poverty, and climate change and governance systems. Originally from Bangladesh, Nazia received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in Development Studies.

   

Senior Research Fellows

Oluf Langhelle 200x200Oluf Langhelle is Professor in political science at University of Stavanger, Department of Media, Culture and Social Sciences, Norway. His research has focused on the concept of sustainable development and follow-up, strategies for sustainable development, environmental politics and policy and transitions towards low carbon societies, focusing on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Current research includes participation in the Conceptual Innovations in Environmental Policy Project (lead by James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino) on the concept of sustainable development, and a project on Food Security and international trade, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Previously Oluf has worked at PROSUS (Programme for Research and Documentation for a Sustainable Society), and IRIS (International Research Institute of Stavanger). Oluf got his Dr. Polit. degree from University of Oslo in political theory. Oluf is also a co-coordinator of the working group on 'Transformations and transitions towards sustainability' within the Earth System Governance (ESG) network.

Andrew Mitchell 200x200

Andrew Mitchell has been the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He was previously the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997 during which time he held office as a Government Whip and was Minister for Social Security. He also served as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party 1992-93. Andrew was educated at Rugby School and studied History at Cambridge University.  He was elected as President of the Cambridge Union in 1978.  He served in the Army (Royal Tank Regiment) and was a United Nations Peacekeeper in Cyprus before joining Lazard, the international investment bank. In November 2003 he was pointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs and from September 2004 he was the Shadow Minister for Police. Following the General Election in May 2005, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.  He then served as the Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 - September 2012 and Government Chief Whip from September – October 2012. Mr Mitchell will advise the Centre on planning a distinguished lecture and public policy forum series on their Adaptive Public Leadership Programme which provides bespoke access to Cambridge expertise for top decision-makers around the world and particularly in developing countries that have made dramatic progress in reform and poverty alleviation. Mr Mitchell's critical contribution will be based on his leadership and experience in public policy, foreign affairs, international development and the African continent.

Steve McCauley 200x200Steve McCauley leads work on the subject of adaptive leadership and how it can be applied as part of The International Development Leadership Programme. He is an executive leadership coach based in London and provides strategic, board and Cabinet and Board level advice to senior leaders in the worlds of government, policy development, politics, business, finance, professional services and the arts. Steve has developed effective methods to cultivate adaptive leadership, a powerful synthesis of some of the best practices in creative and adaptive thinking, strategy consulting and executive coaching. This approach has been used successfully with leaders from a broad spectrum of multinational organisations and in government. It can be applied to any subject that a national leader or head of an international institution would need to address. His background includes working as a senior executive in media, communications, technology and entertainment. He has worked in the United States and ran the international division of a NASDAQ listed digital media company in Los Angeles. He was later an adviser to the BBC in London. Steve McCauley was instrumental in helping the Government of Rwanda to develop its thinking about media transformation. He has provided strategic advice to Ministers about media reform and related policy issues. Steve assembled a team of senior advisers from London that worked in Rwanda from 2010 through late 2015 on media reform. The team helped the Government of Rwanda to develop new ideas about media policy, law, institutions and business development. Rwanda is now in the process of implementing far-reaching policy and legal reforms that hold the promise of necessary transformation in journalism, broadcasting, digital media and the creative industries.

Rasiah 200x200Rajah Rasiah is Professor of International Development at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He obtained his doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University in 1992, and was a Rajawali fellow at Harvard University in 2014. He was the first holder of the Khazanah Nasional Chair of Regulatory Studies, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. He is a member of the GLOBELICS scientific board, and an advisory member of the Industrial Development Research Centre, Zhejiang University, professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT, senior research fellow of the Technology Management and Development Centre at Oxford University. His policy-oriented work includes research in several countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Among the major contributions he has made for the benefit of society include the conceptualization of technology, and its link to development, and methodologies designed to capture clustering, technological capabilities and industrial policies. In recognition of his competence the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank, International Labour Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia have commissioned the writing of several reports for guiding industrial policy in the developing economies. He was also one of the principal authors of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) 2009 flagship report. His research and policy work has produced over 280 publications in international journals and prestigious press. While the prime focus of his research is on technology and international development, he has also worked extensively on foreign investment, human capital, public health and environment. He is the 2015 recipient of the Celso Furtado prize from the World Academy of Sciences for his seminal contributions in the field of social sciences.

Peter Timmer 200x200C. Peter Timmer is an authority on agricultural development, food security, and the world rice economy who has published scores of papers and books on these topics. After undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Harvard, Timmer served as a professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Timmer is now the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus, at Harvard University, as well as a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. Timmer has over four decades experience in Asia as an academic researcher and policy adviser, including extensive involvement in the development of Indonesia’s food policy from 1970 to 2015. He was a core advisor on the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development, which helped bring the field of agricultural development back into the mainstream of donor activities. He was awarded the Leontief Prize in 2012 for advances in economic thought and delivered the 18th Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture at the UN in New York in 2014, on Managing Structural Transformation: A Political Economy Approach

Jeremy Timmins 200x200Jerry Timmins is Managing Director of GMT Media Ltd, a Consultancy firm specialising in Leadership and Media across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. He works at Ministerial level on government Policy and with entrepreneurs and foundations to review existing businesses and launch new ventures. In Rwanda he helped lead the government’s media reform programme from its inception in 2010. In Sierra Leone he supports the government’s efforts to reform the Public Order Act. Until 2010, Jerry was a senior executive on the Board of BBC World Service. His early career at the BBC was as a reporter, producer and then Editor, launching the BBC’s Caribbean Service in 1988. He joined the BBC TV’s Newsnight and worked through the first Iraq war, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1992 British General Election. He was appointed to BBC World Service Board in 1994 as first Head of Region Americas and then Africa and Middle East. He launched four new, multi-lingual production centres around the world and the BBC’s only international radio news co-production “The World” – based in Boston. He led the Board’s thinking about digital working and worked with the Director General on a major BBC change project. In 2008 he led the launch of BBC Arabic TV. He also played a pivotal role in commissioning all training for BBC World Service. Jerry was educated at Kingswood School in Bath and then at Oxford University, where he gained a BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature. His track record of innovation and current work with African governments will help the Centre forge new links with decision makers and inform the design, implementation and sustainability of the Centre’s Adaptive Leadership programme.

 

 

Selected Publications

2016

Kristoffersen, B. and Langhelle, O. (2016). “Sustainable development as a Global-Arctic matter - Imaginaries and controversies”, in K. Keil and S. Kneckt (eds.), Beyond Geo-Politics: Arctic Governance in Global Perspective, London: Palgrave Macmillan (in press).

Langhelle, O. (2016). “Sustainable development – linking environment and development”, in J. Meadowcroft and D. Fiorino (eds.), Conceptual innovations in environmental policy, Cambridge: MIT Press (forthcoming).

Mintz-Habib, N (2016) Biofuels, Food Security and Developing Economies. Routledge Publishers

Mintz-Habib, N and Mokambo, S. (In progress for 2016) A globalized world: To what extent can bio-fortified and other specialized nutritious foods address food insecurity challenges in changing agricultural and food environments? (eds), New York: Palgrave-McMillan

 

2015 

Farsund, A. A., Daugbjerg, C. and Langhelle, O. (2015). “Food security and trade: reconciling discourses in the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Trade Organization”. In: Food Security, Vol. 7(2): 383-391.

Mitchell, Andrew (2015) Ministers Reflect, an interview by Tom Gash and Jen Gold. Institute for Government, London.  

 

2014 

Mintz-Habib, N; Behnassi, M and Shabbir, S. (2014) Science, Policy and Politics of Modern Agricultural System: Global Context to Local Dynamics of Sustainable Agriculture (eds), London: Springer

Caryl, Christian, Steve McCauley, Anne Applebaum, Jerzy Wójcik, and Catherine Gicheru (2014) Let There Be Speech: Reforming the Media in Rwanda. Legatum Institute, London. 

 

2013

Blindheim, B-T., Langhelle, O. and Laudal, T. (2013). “Responsible Supply Change Management – the Economic and Political Responsibility of Companies within Global Supply Chains”. In: A. Midttun (Ed.), CSR and Beyond. A Nordic Perspective. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Mitchell, Andrew (2013) A Safer and More Prosperous World: Why Aid Really Matters In An Age of Austerity. Legatum Institute, London.

Timmins, Jeremy (2013) Free speech and the gun in Libya. Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom at St Antony's College in the University of Oxford, Oxford.

 

 2012

Meadowcroft, J., Langhelle, O. and Ruud, A. (eds.) (2012). Governance, democracy and sustainable development: moving beyond the impasse. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Timmins, Jeremy (2012) Free Speech, Free Press, Free Societies. Legatum Institute, London.

 

Events

TitleStart DateLocation
CRP Lecture: Palm Oil--Leading on the Long Road to Sustainability with Yu Leng Khor (Head Research for Southeast Asia at LMC International) 2016/05/17 14:00:00 GMT+1 Alison Richard Building, SG1
Inaugural CRP Forum: In Pursuit of Resilience and Sustainable Development 2016/03/08 15:00:00 GMT Riley Auditorium, Gillespie Centre, Memorial Court, Clare College, Cambridge
Conference: What now? Climate change and energy after Paris  2016/01/22 08:30:00 GMT Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
International Symposium: Governing Global Climate Change 2015/11/28 08:30:00 GMT LCIL, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (5 Cranmer Rd, Cambridge UK CN3 9LB).
Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Effects on Cultural Heritage – The Example of the Philippines 2014/11/04 12:30:00 GMT Old Library, Lauterpacht Centre, 5 Cranmer Road

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