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14 October 201916:00

LEEP Seminar Series - Professor David Edwards - Managing tropical agriculture to minimise biodiversity loss

ABSTRACT: Expansion of farming is the biggest driver of the global extinction crisis. In this talk I will explore options for minimising the biodiversity impact of farming, focusing on oil palm and cattle in Colombia. BIO: David Edwards is Professor of Conservation Science at the University of Sheffield, UK. He works at the nexus of land-use change, biodiversity and policy, and he has worked extensively in SE Asia and Colombia since 2006. His work has brought to light the impacts of tropical land-use change and habitat disturbance on biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning and services. He is on the Editorial Board of Current Biology. ( Full details
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19 November 201910:30

LEEP Seminar Series - Professor Ben Zissimos - Contesting an International Trade Agreement

ABSTRACT: We develop a new theoretical political economy framework, called a ‘parallel contest’, that emphasizes the political fight over trade agreement (TA) ratification within countries. TA ratification is inherently uncertain in each country, where anti- and pro-trade interest groups contest each other to influence their own governments’ ratification decision. Unlike prior literature, the protection embodied in negotiated TA tariffs reflects a balance between the liberalizing force of lobbying and inherently protectionist government preferences. Moreover, new international political externalities emerge that are not internalized by governments that just internalize terms of trade externalities. Full details
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