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Guest lecture

Wellbeing Report seminar series: Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Risks to Aotearoa's Human Capital

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Anthropogenic climate change is already affecting many weather extremes in Aotearoa New Zealand and in every region across the world. Additionally, lest we forget, we are also exposed to other risks, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and epidemics. How do these risks affect our wellbeing, throughout our lives, and what are the risks they pose to our ‘human capital’? This lecture will offer a possible framework to consider these risks to our wellbeing and identify ways to start to quantify them. We will also examine some of the available evidence about viable policy tools that might be used to mitigate some of these risks.

Video recording

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About the presenter

Ilan Noy is the Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change - Te Āwhionukurangi, at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. His research and teaching focus on the economic aspects of natural hazards, disasters, and climate change, and other related topics in environmental, development, and international economics.

He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. He previously worked at the University of Hawai’i, and has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNDRR, the IMF, and ASEAN.

Wellbeing Report seminar series

At Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury, we are developing the first Wellbeing Report - Te Tai Waiora that will be published in November 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 16 August 2022