17/06/2022NewsEarth Commission News

Joyeeta Gupta Earth Commission co-chair winner of the 2022 Piers Sellers Prize

Professor Joyeeta Gupta, Co-chair of the Earth Commission, is the winner of the 2022 Piers Sellers Prize, hosted by the University of Leeds, for her world leading contribution to solution focused climate research. 

The award recognizes Professor Gupta as a global leader in interdisciplinary climate research. As motivated by the University of Leeds: her numerous publications and extensive participation in global climate and environment committees and assessments demonstrate her commitment to delivering strong and impactful climate solutions.

The Piers Sellers prize is an award bestowed annually in the name of Piers Sellers, the former astronaut, climate scientist and Leeds alumnus, by the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds.

Professor Gupta, who’s research focus includes the need to phase out fossil fuels in an equitable manner & inclusive development, will receive the prize during a virtual award ceremony on 7 July. She will give a keynote lecture on climate change, fossil fuels and justice. The lecture will focus on the multi-dimensional aspects of justice in relation to the challenge of leaving fossil fuels underground. Register for the award ceremony here.

Professor Gupta said to the University of Leeds: “I am deeply honoured. As a social science and legal scholar, I engage in analysing wicked, unstructured problems and in showcasing intractable problems and possible equitable solutions. However, a prize such as this one shows that my arguments are moving from the margins to the mainstream.”

The award ceremony will take place Thursday 7 July, 11:00 – 12:15 BST, 15:30 – 16:45 IST. Register and attend using this link.