People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice
Date: November 18, 2016
​Brown School of Social Work

This one-day symposium explored the human impacts of climate change, the social responses necessary for transformational solutions, and the policy implications of such solutions. Key speakers included experts on flooding, drought, heat, urbanization, adaptation, and indigenous health—representing research from the United States, Latin America, Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.


  Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton

                         Dean Mary McKay

  Lisa Reyes Mason, University of Tennessee

                        Margaret Arnold, World Bank 

9:30 Gender and water stress
         Moderator: Michael Sherraden, Washington University

  Bernadette P. Resurrección, Stockholm Environment Institute 

Lisa Reyes Mason 

                       "Gender, politics, and water"         
                        Margaret Alston, Monash University 
                        Questions and answers
10:45 Vulnerability and resilience to extreme heat and precipitation in cities
        Moderator: Himadri B. Pakrasi, Washington University in St. Louis

  Sharon L. Harlan, Northeastern University
  John Hoal, Washington University in St. Louis 

  Maida Coleman, Missouri Public Service Commission  

                         Questions and answers

 Brant Walker, mayor of Alton, Illinois, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

2:00 Land change, wellness, and indigenous communities
         Moderator: Lisa Reyes Mason

Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph, Canada 
                        “Reclaiming land: Adaptation activities and challenges to environmental changes within                                              indigenous communities”
                         Shanondora Billiot, Washington University in St. Louis

                         Questions and answers

3:15 Social policy and climate change: Innovation, design, delivery
         Moderator: Michael Sherraden

  Rita Padawangi, National University of Singapore 

                        Questions and answers

  Michael Sherraden

To see our photo album from the symposium, please click here. If you or your organization would like to use a photo, you may download it for free. All photos must be attributed to the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.