Chernobyl 30 Years After: Energy, Environment, Policy

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Friday, November 4th, 2016

Friday, November 4, 20162:30PM - 5:30PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7
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The explosion at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986 continues to have serious economic, social, and biological consequences for the inhabitants of the affected territories and beyond. The problems caused by the disaster in Ukraine and policies developed to address them have been further complicated by geopolitical conflict and the economic and humanitarian crisis this conflict has precipitated. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the disaster, this panel brings together scholars to discuss issues such as the future nuclear energy in Ukraine, the impact of radiation on wildlife in Chornobyl’s exclusion zone, and the management of displaced people. In situating their research, panelists will draw comparisons between the Chornobyl and Fukushima accidents, and between the Chornobyl accident and Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation.


Chernobyl and the Future of Nuclear Power in Ukraine
David Marples, Professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta

Do Nuclear Accidents Generate a “Garden of Eden” for Wildlife? Lessons from the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters
Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina.

A Humanitarian Crisis after the Chernobyl Disaster and the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) in Ukraine: What do They Have in Common?
Alexander Belyakov, Ph.D., Certified Sustainability Professional. The Roots Collaborative, Founding Member


Olga Kesarchuk


David Marples
Distinguished University Professor and Chair, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta

Tim Mousseau
Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Explorers Club

Alexander Belyakov
Ph.D., Certified Sustainability Professional. The Roots Collaborative, Founding Member.

Main Sponsor

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


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