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Prof. Parson will deliver a keynote address on "Climate Engineering: Novel Challenges for Global Governance" on October 29, at the annual conference of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

He organized and led the symposium, "A Fine Balance: Expertise, Evidence and Democracy in Policy and Governance, 1960-2011," inspired by the intellectual legacy of A.R. Dobell, at the University of Victoria, August 19-20, 2011.

Edward A. Parson, Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Ted Parson is Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law and Faculty co-director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research examines international environmental law and policy, the role of science and technology in public policy, and the political economy of regulation.

Parson's articles have appeared in Nature, Science, Climatic Change, Issues in Science and Technology, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Annual Review of Energy and the Environment.

His most recent books are The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2010, with Andrew Dessler), and Protecting the Ozone Layer: Science and Strategy (Oxford, 2003), which won the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award of the International Studies Association.

Parson has chaired and served on senior advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and other bodies, including the Synthesis Team for the US National Assessment of Climate Impacts. In 2005, he was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Parson has worked and consulted for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Office Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the Privy Council Office of Canada, the United Nations Environment Program, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and spent twelve years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

He holds degrees in Physics from the University of Toronto and in Management Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard. In former lives, he was a professional classical musician and an organizer of grassroots environmental groups.

Contact Information

Room 3456, UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
Phone: 310-206-4586
E-mail: parson(at)

Assistant: Susanna Pfeffer
Phone: 310-206-6967
E-mail: pfeffer(at)