7 May 2019 from 16:15 to 18:15

Prince Claus Chair inaugural lecture by Veena Srinivasan

Looking into the crystal ball: Anticipating and influencing change in Asian deltas

Prof Veena Srinivasan has been appointed as the holder of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2018-2020 at Utrecht University. On 7 May she will deliver her inaugural lecture, entitled: 'Looking into the crystal ball: Anticipating and influencing change in Asian deltas'.

Srinivasan has been appointed to the Chair for her research into sustainable and inclusive food production in Asian delta regions. She is keen not only to contribute to delta and food research being conducted in Utrecht, but also to play a role in intensifying collaborations between Dutch and Indian institutions. She will engage in comparative research across delta regions within India (Ganges and Cauvery) and across Asia (Mekong and Indonesia).

To manage deltas, we must be able to look into the future and anticipate change.
Dr Veena Srinivasan.
Prof Veena Srinivasan

Sustainable and inclusive

On the one hand, she is researching how we can better anticipate water and food futures in the light of changing climate conditions, migration, and urbanisation. On the other, she is keen to apply the research findings in order to improve land and water management, so that the transition is both sustainable and inclusive.

Close collaboration

Srinivasan will work in close collaboration with the research hubs Future Food and Water, Climate & Future Deltas of Pathways to Sustainability, together with International Development Studies at Utrecht University.

Mekong river

As Director of a newly established Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Srinivasan aims to improve science communication and participatory decision-making. She will also foster partnerships with industry and communities to find innovative solutions and maximise the impact of scientific research.

Prince Claus Chair

The Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity was established by Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and rotates annually between the two institutions.

Inaugural lecture ceremony

The Rector of Utrecht University, Professor Henk Kummeling, has the pleasure of inviting you to this special ceremony in which Professor Veena Srinivasan will formally accept the appointment to the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2018-2020. After the inaugural lecture a reception will be held in the Senaatszaal of the Academiegebouw.

Start date and time
7 May 2019 16:15
End date and time
7 May 2019 18:15