"Food and Fuel, Prices and Conflict."
Join us on the third Monday of every month for a discussion of energy and security. The luncheon series will be led primarily by local scholars. Its goal is to foster interdisciplinary exploration of some of our most pressing challenges. Our November event will be led by policy expert Chris Galik and economist Marc Bellemare. Galik will discuss some of the concerns over the cultivation of biofuels, in particular the threat this may pose to climate, to forests, and to food. Bellemare will flesh out the security implications of biofuels by discussing the correlations between price rises and/or price volatility and conflict.
Format: Light Luncheon from 11:45am / Presentation from noon. Discussion from 12:30 pm. Please let us know you are coming by the close of business day on the Friday before the event so that we can get an accurate luncheon count.
Marc Bellemare is Assisant Professor of Economics at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy. His research focuses on development policy and a development economist whose research focuses on agricultural development. He has written on importance of distinguishing betweem price volatility and high prices and the need to apply different policy instruments to these challenges. [More]
Chris Galik is Associate is senior policy associate at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Among his concerns are on-the-ground implementation of climate and low-carbon energy policy, and the forest resource. Prior to joining the Nicholas Institute he served as a research coordinator for the Climate Change Policy Partnership (CCPP), where he had primary oversight over biological sequestration, bioenergy, and biofuels policy analysis and applied research activities. [More]