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Edition 2023: Thinking through the Climate Change Crisis

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The Geneva Graduate Institute’s festival, which highlights books and podcasts to tackle the complexity of contemporary challenges.

The first edition of this festival is based on a concept that combines the promotion of books and podcasts published in 2022 with the scientific research conducted at the Institute.

Its objective is not only to present our internal publications, but also to make this event a reflection on how academic productions contribute to addressing the complexity of a transdisciplinary subject, in this case, the climate change crisis.

While not directly focused on the City, this 2023 edition also hopes to connect with the international community in Geneva, particularly those working on climate issues (WMO, UNEP, IPCC).



10:00 – 18:00          

Books & Stands


10:00 – 11:00          

Coffee with Authors


11:00 - 11:30

Podcast Session with Producers


12:30 – 14:00         

Panel Discussion

"Embracing Complexity in Research on Climate Change"                                                 with:

  • Nathan Sussman, Professor, International Economics & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development Director, Centre for Finance and Development (CFD) Director, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)
  • Shaila Seshia Galvin, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, Affiliated with the Centre for International Environmental Studies
  • Agustin Giustiniani, PHD Researcher in International Law, Expertise in Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Business and human rights, Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Cédric Dupont, Professor of Political Science, Geneva Graduate Institute, as the moderator. 



14:30 – 15:00          


Destiny / Destination by Carlo Vidoni and Alessandro Monsutti


15:00 – 16:30          


Graphic Recording with Anne-Raphaëlle Centonze



16:30 – 17:30           

Student Initiative

"Amplifying Local Knowledge in the Global Fight against Climate Change"                  by The Ecologist Podcast and The Graduate Press



17:30 - 18:00

Music & Drinks

A cappella performance by                                                                                                    Amédée Hirt, Paul Klahre, Clara Werra & Celine Li


24 Selected Books

  1. Climate and Debt
  2. Partnerships for sustainability in contemporary global governance: pathways to effectiveness
  3. Gender in peacebuilding: local practices in Indonesia and Nigeria
  4. The Palgrave handbook of international energy economics
  5. Entangled legalities beyond the state
  6. Regimes of mobility: borders and state formation in the Middle East, 1918-1946
  7. Climate policy after the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
  8. L'Iran en 100 questions: entre durcissement et contestation
  9. Politics of urban planning: the making and unmaking of the Mumbai Development Plan 2014–2034
  10. Rethinking Participation in Global Governance: Voice and Influence after Stakeholder Reforms in Global Finance and Health
  11. Evidence and expertise in Nordic education policy: a comparative network analysis
  12. The economics of European integration
  13. L'énergie de l'Etat: pour une sociologie historique et comparée du politique
  14. Infrastructure and the remaking of Asia
  15. The politics of a disillusioned Europe: East Central Europe after the fall of communism
  16. Night on earth: a history of international humanitarianism in the Near East, 1918–1930
  17. New mediums, better messages?: how innovations in translation, engagement, and advocacy are changing international development
  18. Puzzle of unspent funds: political and policy implications of fiscal underspending
  19. State-building in the Middle East and North Africa: one hundred years of nationalism, religion and politics
  20. The international law of energy
  21. Governing migration for development from the global souths
  22. The Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions in Context
  23. Les Winye du Centre-Ouest Burkina Faso: mort, mariage et naissance dans une société de la frontière
  24. Cultural Nationhood and Political Statehood


15 Podcasts

This selection of podcasts related to International Relations affairs presents a broad overview of the various types of productions at IHEID published in 2022.

Four main categories have been defined:




The Women In International Justice podcast revolves around diversity on the international bench and delves into the experiences of prominent women from the international judiciary. Together we will explore the complexity of the system as well as women’s places within it. Building on the public lecture series titled “Women’s Voices in the International Judiciary”, organized by professors Neus Torbisco Casals and Andrew Clapham, each episode will focus on the guest's individual career and opinions. Listen, as women share their stories and uncover the inner workings of the international judiciary system. Podcast



The Transimperial History Podcast. History may be grounded in the past, but it is always evolving and changing as new perspectives, research, and discoveries emerge. Events are never set in stone, and as time passes, historians continually re-evaluate and re-interpret the past, shedding new light on events that were once shrouded in mystery. While history is rooted in the past, it is also forward-looking, providing valuable insights into how we can navigate the present and future.



Research in Progress / Laura Nowzohour. Investments in environmental projects are, at least in part, affected by policies and regulations within the field. In this latest podcast episode of “Research in Progress” we enter this crucial topic along with PhD candidate Laura Minu Nowzohour from the CIES.



Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 things we want to know is a podcast series produced as part of the LAWS and War Crimes research project, based at the International Law department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The podcast is hosted by the members of the research team: Paola Gaeta (the project lead), Marta Bo, Abhimanyu George Jain, and Alessandra Spadaro. Over the course of ten episodes, they will interview experts in various disciplines (science, law, ethics, etc.) who have studied and written about lethal autonomous weapon systems or LAWS. This podcast offers a multidisciplinary introduction concerning the challenges and problems raised by LAWS (or LAWS 1.0) to all those who have an academic interest in this topic.






Climate Emergency: What Role for International Geneva? In Conversation With is a podcast series that features renowned experts and thought-leaders to address pressing global issues with Geneva Graduate Institute faculty members. Here an example with this episode features a conversation between Michel Jarraud, Secretary General  Emeritus at the World Meteorological Organization, Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the World Health Organization, Marek Harsdorff, Economist in the Green Jobs Programme at the International Labour Organization, and Joëlle Noailly, Head of Research of the Centre for International Environmental Studies and Lecturer in the Department of International Economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute



The Universality of Human Rights. Human rights currently face criticism from many sides. One of the most persistent criticisms maintains that the human rights regime is Eurocentric and overtly focused on individual rights. Huaru Kang, Visiting fellow at the International Law Department, and Assistant professor at Zhengzhou University in China explains why this criticism is validated to a certain degree, in the frame of Global Challenges n° 11 (The Uncertain Future of Human Rights). With Dominic Eggel and Marc Galvin (Research Office - Geneva Graduate Institute).



Iran Protests: A revolution in the making? In this episode of What Matters Today, we look at why the current protests in Iran have mobilized so many. We also examine who is actually participating in these protests and the role students are playing as well. Will these protests end up changing Iran? How will all of this end? Will the current regime fall?


What Matters Today is a podcast series from the Geneva Graduate Institute in which we ask faculty members to comment on current issues impacting, economics, politics, health, and society.



Student and doctoral studies


Ex-combatants and Peacebuilding in Colombia. In this episode of ABD stories, Mia Schöb talks about reintegration practices through which ex-combatants challenge and effectively transform traditional gender roles and labor division in Colombia, especially in their family. She evoques as well the difficulty to organise research in a post war period.


Some fifty doctoral students graduate each year from the Graduate Institute. If pursuing doctoral studies always implies strategic choices with regards to the research topics, the path towards a thesis also remains a journey bespeckled with experiences and encounters. Because each path towards a PhD is unique, this podcast series ABD Stories is dedicated to the vagaries of doctoral students’ lives in Geneva.


Humanitarian Work and the Need to Help. Research by Students is a series dedicated to audio or video work by students as part of their academic activities. In this podcast, we share the story of Jason Erazo, a humanitarian doctor from Honduras. The interview examines Jason’s main motivations for continuing his work in this field, in spite of the many difficulties he continuously encounters. Jason tells us about his experience of working for the Red Cross when Honduras was hit by the ETA and IOTA hurricanes. We learn about his passion for helping people, but also about the challenges he faced and his feeling of helplessness. The podcast compares Jason’s experience with the ones of Finnish Red Cross workers documented by Liisa Malkki in her book “The Need to Help”, as well as the one of Sea Watch captain Pia Klemp presented in her 2019 Berlin Ted talk.



Unite for Ukraine. This podcast aims to call for unity in response to the dramatic events that have been caused by the invasion of Ukrainian territory by the Russian Federation from the 24th of February onwards. The series of episodes shed light on the influence of the war on young Ukrainians who are studying in Geneva. Please hear the live voices of youths whose mother country is under war (Valeria, Alina, and Maksym). Each episode is independent. There are also several guests who help us expand our scope on each topic like "relation between Ukrainians and Russians" and "Racism in Ukraine".  By Maya SHINODA






Mobile Banking and the Poor in India. In India, the possibility to provide banking services through mobile networks has largely helped the government in its objective to equip more households in rural areas with a bank account. But how does the use of mobile phones concretely help poor families to better manage their money? Lore Vandewalle, economist at the Graduate Institute, shares with us her research and findings.


Focusing on research fieldwork, the podcast series Fields seeks to provide insights into the daily life of researchers, including not only their academic activity, but also their emotions, intimate stories, anecdotes, and lived experiences.


#2: Inventer le sauvage. Au XIXe siècle et jusqu’au milieu du XXe siècle, les zoos humains ont contribué à diffuser le racisme en Europe en donnant aux visiteurs européens l'impression que leur société était supérieure à toutes les autres : africaines, asiatiques, etc. Une mise en scène qui légitimait les violences de la colonisation et justifiait les discours des scientifiques européens autour d’un « ordre racial ». Parallèlement, apparaissent dans les villes européennes des monuments dressés à la gloire de figures liées au commerce triangulaire ou au colonialisme. 



Cuba in Conversation. Cuba has experienced a myriad of reforms in the past years. Although the country has seen ups and downs, recent years have shown a transformation in Cuba’s policies. Opening itself to cooperation with new partners such as the European Union. These partners are vital in the dynamic change operating in the country and region. With this podcast we will delve into the global, institutional, and economical developments in Cuba and potential future paths for the country. This podcast is made possible by the Jean Monnet Network Europe-Cuba Forum and the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy



Great Roofs for a Greater Geneva. The Ecologist Podcast welcomes two new co-hosts: Laure Driessen and Bo Mun! Alongside them, brand-new EC President Camille Darby also joins the chat with Diane Henny. Diane, the co-founder and director of local NGO Terrasses Sans Frontières, shares with us the benefits and challenges of promoting the use of green roofs right here in Geneva. She explains the intricacies of the organization’s operations, from convincing the canton about the advantages of green roofs to the continued maintenance of finished projects.





Destiny / Destination by Carlo Vidoni and Alessandro Monsutti

14:30 - 15:00                                                                                                                    Presentation by Alessandro Monsutti

This exhibition presents the trajectories of migrants based on the visual theme of palms.

"With the idea of going beyond the anxieties and fears of a world perceived as uncertain, in which the mobility of some people is experienced as a threat to the stability of the lives of others, the authors have confronted the trajectories of migrants who have left Italy or arrived in Italy at different times and driven by equally diverse motivations. The visual, aesthetic and narrative starting point was inspired by the lines of the hand, which, as symbols of the destiny of each person and at the same time a universal characteristic, tell different stories united by their common humanity."

It is based on a book, published by EMUSE enriched with poems and drawings.

Bilingual texts in French and Italian, with also poems in Arabic, Persian, English and Friulian.



Panel & Workshops

12:30 – 14:00          

Panel discussion:  "Embracing Complexity in Research on Climate Change"


                                  Nathan Sussman, Professor, International Economics & Pictet Chair in Finance and Development Director, Centre for Finance and Development (CFD) Director, The Swiss Lab for Sustainable Finance (SL4SF)

                                     Shaila Galvin, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, Affiliated with the Centre for International Environmental Studies

                                   Agustin Giustiniani, PHD Researcher in International Law, Expertise in Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Business and human rights, Climate Change Law and Policy


                                     Cédric Dupont, Professor, International Relations/Political Science                                  

Register here                                                   


15:00 – 16:30          

Workshop Graphic Recording: How to produce a GRAPHIC RECORDING of a debate on a specific theme?

What's your challenge ? Synthetise ? Bring messages to life ? Shape your vision ? Graduated with a Master in Management and as an illustrator, Anne-Raphaëlle Centonze delivers the perfect balance of business acumen and artistic sensitivity.

Her passion and talent for drawing and her skill for synthesis are at the service of your key message.

Register here



16:30 – 17:30              

Student initiative: "Amplifying Local Knowledge in the Global Fight against Climate Change" by The Ecologist Podcast and The Graduate Press

The global nature of climate change naturally leads to a focus on commonality in understanding and addressing the issue.

However the impacts of climate change are not equal across the world, and in many regions, Indigenous peoples have for thousands of years maintained unique relationships and epistemologies.

The challenge is therefore finding ways to support and amplify local approaches and knowledge in an ecosystem of increasing universality.

This session will feature a live recording of a special episode of The Ecologist Podcast, hosted in conjunction with the Graduate Press.

IHEID community members are invited to be a part of our audience, as we discuss the role of local knowledge in the global fight against climate change with a panel of representatives from IHEID's diverse student community.






President of the Festival:     Cédric Dupont

Committee of Professors:    Julie Billaud                                                

                                                      Paola Gaeta


                                                      Davide Rodogno

Coordination:                           Ruxandra Stoicescu

Support:                                    Tamara Pironnet

                                                      Marc Galvin

Partnership:                             The Fab, Research Office, Library,

                                                      Communication Services