Policy@UBC: M. V. Ramana on The Global Future of Nuclear Energy

Join us for a Policy@UBC series dialogue on “The Global Future of Nuclear Energy” with M.V. Ramana, Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security with the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

This talk will describe the current status of nuclear energy in different countries around the world and the evolution of its share in global electricity generation. It will outline the various factors that will shape the future of nuclear energy, including costs of nuclear reactor construction, trends in renewable energy and other alternatives, social and technical challenges associated with nuclear energy such as radioactive waste disposal and the linkage to nuclear weapons, the imperative to mitigate climate change, and some of the other interests propelling continued investment in nuclear energy. Ramana will lead a short Q&A regarding the present and likely future of nuclear energy in Canada.

About the Speaker

M. V. Ramana (Ph.D. Boston University; M.Sc Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur) is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. His research interests are in the broad areas of international security and energy supply, with a particular focus on topics related to nuclear energy and fissile materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons. He combines technical skills and interdisciplinary methods to address policy relevant questions related to security and energy issues. Ramana is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India, Penguin Books, New Delhi (2012).

 

The event is hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and will be held in the Caseroom. Light refreshments will be provided.