China (International) Seminar: Environmental Crisis and Political Unrest in Iran
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:30pm

In this week, the China seminar is going to host an international planning topic, the interaction of environmental crisis and political unrest in Iran. For a background on how they are connected, check out this article on Guardian: Will Iran's next president care enough to put the environment first?

Environmental condition is critical in Iran. Drought and water shortage, destruction of forests, lakes, and rivers are bad news we hear every day. In this seminar, Maryam will delve into the human grounds of the crisis and connect it to the recent widespread protests (December 2017-January 2018) in Iran. Around 70 cities in Iran witnessed mass political protests which propelled mostly by marginalized, poor and disadvantaged population. Maryam will examine how environmental degradation is involved in worsening their living conditions and leads them to revolt.

Speaker: Maryam Amiri is a first-year Ph.D. student in urban studies. She graduated with a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Tehran. Her main area of research is uneven development.