Amartya Sen Lecture Series on Sustainable Development

Prof Sir Nicholas (Nick) Stern

will speak on

“The Economics of Climate Change”

Thursday March 16th 2006


The European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), in close association with the Cambridge and Oxford Societies of Belgium, and the Harvard Club of Belgium, are honoured to announce the launch of a series of lectures on sustainable development in the name of Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 1998.

The inaugural lecture before an invited audience will be on 16 March 2006 in the Charlemagne Building of the European Commission at six o’clock
(room to be confirmed). The lecture will be introduced by Professor Amartya Sen and will be given by Professor Nick Stern. Following the lecture there will be a panel discussion chaired by Professor Sen.

Prof Stern leads an independent review of the Economics of Climate Change. The review is conducted jointly by the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury of the United Kingdom, and will report to the Prime Minister and Chancellor by Autumn 2006. The review has been requested to understand more comprehensively the nature of the economic challenges that climate change poses and how these can be met, in the UK and globally. This lecture will provide one of the first presentations of the initial findings of the ongoing review.
EIAS and the Societies will continue to work with
Professor Sen to ensure that future lectures in the series address major issues surrounding sustainable development and a number of leading thinkers on the subject have been approached.

Professor Amartya Sen: Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 1998; currently Lamont Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University; previously Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2003; Drummond Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University 1980-88; Professor of Economics and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University 1977-80; Professor of Economics, LSE 1971-77; Professor of Economics, Delhi 1963-71; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge 1957-63; Professor of Economics, Calcutta 1956-58.

He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. The 1998 Nobel Prize was awarded to him for his contributions to welfare economics, with particular focus on social choice theory, welfare distributions, inequality and the analysis of poverty and famine.

Professor Sir Nicholas Stern is head of the Government Economic Service in the United Kingdom. He was Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, Washington D.C. 2000-03 as well as Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 1994-99. Prior to 1994, Professor Stern's career was mostly in academic life. Starting his teaching career at Oxford, he went on to hold chairs at Warwick and the London School of Economics. He has taught and researched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in France, India, China and Japan and at the International Monetary Fund. His books include works on public finance, tax reform, the theory of economic growth & development and the role of the state. He is Hon Fellow St. Catherine’s, Oxford and holds a first class Hons. Maths, Peterhouse, Cambridge 1969.

If you would like to attend the Lecture, you are invited to register online at Subject to availability, you will receive a confirmation of your registration by email. In view of limited seating, participation will be for registered and confirmed participants only.

For further information about the Amartya Sen Lecture series please contact Dr Willem van der Geest, Director EIAS at, Mr Richard Nobbs, Secretary of the Cambridge Society, Belgium at and Mr Raymond M. Schonfeld, Harvard Club of Belgium at