SCC Webinar

Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development:
Transforming the Industrial State

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific

Nicholas Ashford



Ralph Hall

Virginia Tech

Nicholas Ashford and Ralph Hall will share their experiences in teaching their graduate level course in “Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development: Transforming the Industrial State” at MIT, Virginia Tech, Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and the Technical University of Cyprus, utilizing their revised textbook of the same name. This transdisciplinary text addresses both national and international policies needed to promote sustainable development, which rest on three pillars: [1] delivering essential goods and services to people; [2] maintaining a good environment, and [3] creating meaningful opportunities for sufficient earning capacity for people through employment and other ways to broaden capital ownership. Conventional theories of economic growth, consumption, employment, and inequality are challenged and a more modern conceptualization of the workings of the industrial state, both developed and developing, is presented.

The transformation of the industrial state will be enabled by environmental, economic, and trade law, new economics, and a more realistic political theory focused on achieving an equitable and secure society in a resource and energy-constrained future. The book was written specifically to enable a more integrated and transdisciplinary approach in teaching sustainable development.

Nicholas A. Ashford is Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in environmental law, policy, and economics; law, technology, and public policy; and technology, globalization, and sustainable development. Dr. Ashford holds both a PhD in Chemistry and a law degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received graduate education in economics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ralph P. Hall is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech, where he is Director of the SPIA Undergraduate Program. Dr. Hall’s research and teaching focus on sustainable development, sustainable transportation, and water supply and sanitation in developing countries. Dr. Hall holds a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy and two S.M. degrees in Technology and Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton.

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