Professor Lord Anthony Giddens to speak on ‘The Politics of Climate Change’

Posted by hct16 at Oct 22, 2012 11:20 AM |
World-renowned sociologist returns to Leicester on 24th October.

Issued by University of Leicester on 22 October 2012

Please note that this event is fully booked

A world-renowned sociologist will speak about the formidable challenges posed by global warming in a guest lecture at the University of Leicester.

Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, a Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics who started his academic career at the University of Leicester, will deliver a lecture on ‘The Politics of Climate Change’ on October 24.

Professor Giddens’ advice regarding social and political issues has been sought by political leaders all over the world;  not only was he an adviser to the former Prime Minster, Tony Blair, but he also contributed to policy debates in Asia, Latin America, Australia, the US and Europe.

In 2002 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for the social sciences.

His book, The Politics of Climate Change, was described by Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America, as; “a landmark study in the struggle to contain climate change, the greatest challenge of our era. I urge everyone to read it.”

Professor Giddens was the first member of his family to go to university and received his undergraduate academic degree in joint sociology and psychology at Hull University in 1959, followed by a Master's degree at the London School of Economics.

He later gained a PhD at King's College, Cambridge. In 1969, after eight years of teaching at the University of Leicester, Anthony Giddens accepted the position at the University of Cambridge. From 1997 to 2003, Professor Giddens was director of the London School of Economics.

Professor Giddens’ impact on sociology has been profound, and over his lifetime he has been awarded 15 honorary degrees, including one from the University of Leicester.

He has written the leading textbook in sociology which has sold over a million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1988. According to Google Scholar, he is the most widely cited sociologist in the world today.

Climate change has moved to the centre stage of public concern in a remarkable way and in a very short space of time. Scientists have expressed serious concerns about global warming for a quarter of a century or more.

Environmental groups have struggled for much of that period to get governments and citizens to take the issue seriously. Yet within the past few years, climate change has assumed a very large presence in discussion and debate across the world.

‘The Politics of Climate Change’ remains the only work that looks in detail at the political issues posed by global warming and provides a state-of-the-art discussion of the most formidable challenge humanity faces this century.

Professor Giddens will be focusing on and discussing these issues in more detail in his lecture.

Professor Barbara Misztal of the Department of Sociology is delighted to welcome Professor Giddens back to the University of Leicester. She said: “The lecture offers a fantastic opportunity for both staff and students to hear from a leading modern sociologist talking on one of the key topics of our times.”

The Lecture will take place at 1:30pm-2:30pm in Attenborough Lecture Theatre One, University of Leicester. The event is now fully booked.


For more information, please contact Professor Barbara Misztal on 0116 252 2459 or at:

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