The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is hosting a seminar on “Circular Economy for Sustainable Development: The Role of Land, Fuels, and Manufacturing,” featuring Francis X. Johnson, Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and Henrique Pacini, Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Following introductory remarks by ENRP Director Henry Lee, Dr. Johnson will discuss governing land and biomass use for a climate-compatible bioeconomy, and Dr. Pacini will discuss governing materials and pollution pathways.

This event is part of the SDG Series, a series of events on the UN Sustainable Development Goals started in 2017 and organized by a group of fellows at ENRP. Alexandre Strapasson, Belfer Center Fellow in Agriculture and Energy Policy, and Amanda Sardonis, ENRP Associate Director, will moderate the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendance: In-person attendance is limited to Harvard ID holders. Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon ([email protected]) in advance of the session.

Registration: Please RSVP at this link . Registration will remain open until the event begins.


Francis X. Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and is currently based at the SEI-Asia centre in Bangkok as Policy/Climate Cluster leader. He holds Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Operations Research and a PhD in Energy and Climate Systems. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in socio-economic and environmental policy analysis on climate mitigation, biofuels, bioeconomy and sustainable land use. He served as a Lead Author for the IPCC AR6 Special Report on Climate Change and Land and is a member of the writing team for the forthcoming IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report.

Henrique Pacini is an economist at UNCTAD in Geneva, where he works on trade and circular economy issues. He has a degree in economics from the University of São Paulo, a Masters in European Studies from Hochschule Bremen, Germany, and a PhD in Energy Technology from KTH, Sweden. He recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where he examined the commercial dynamics of secondary/scrap materials in world trade, and co-chaired Harvard’s first Circular Economy Symposium. He is also part of the steering committee and implementation team of the GBP 24.6 million Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) programme, which develops scientific evidence and funds pollution-mitigation projects with circular characteristics in Africa and South Asia. Dr. Pacini published over 60 articles on environment, energy, trade and development issues.

A recording of the webinar is available at this link .