MISUM co-hosts an event at Stockholm School of Economics with the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (GEDB).
Financial players such as investment banks, and financial instruments such as commodity indexes, seem to play a larger role in the global economy today than just a few decades ago. A number of international organizations and scholars have voiced concerns over the risks associated with this larger role, especially as financial capital and actors enter commodity markets such as those for food commodities. The debate peaked in the aftermaths of the 2009-2009 “food crises” which saw rapid increases in food prices globally, and food riots in Haiti, Egypt, Burkina-Faso, Malaysia and others.
But did financial actors really contribute to the last “food crises”? What is their role for price volatility in commodities in general? How do increased prices and price volatility affect food security around the world? And how do high and unpredictable food prices affect overall well-being and development in poor or vulnerable communities?
We are very proud to present Professor Christopher L. Gilbert, from the SAIS Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University (Italy), and Dr. Naomi Hossain, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (United Kingdom) who will share their insights on the topic, and take part of a moderated discussion.
This event is organized by the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (GEDB), and the Mistra Centre for Sustainable Markets at the Stockholm School of Economics (MISUM).
Where: Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan i Stockholm), Sveavägen 65, lecture hall 720.
When: April 23, 10:30-12:00.
Please register by using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/TzwWmjI7eB
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Christopher Gilbert is Adjunct Professor at the SAIS Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University. He retired in 2014 from the University of Trento, Italy, where he was Professor of Econometrics. Prior to moving to Italy in 2003, Gilbert was Professor of Finance at the Free University, Amsterdam. He has consulted extensively for the EC, FAO, IADB, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD and the World Bank. He works on commodity futures markets, agricultural, energy and metals markets, food security issues and financial econometrics.
Naomi Hossain is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Uk. Since 2009, Naomi has led work tracking the social impacts of economic crises, now in a mixed method research project partnership in 10 countries with Oxfam GB called 'Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility' (2012-15). Naomi is also the lead researcher on a DFID-ESRC funded project called 'Food Riots and Food Rights: the Moral and Political; Economy of Accountability for Hunger' (2012-14).