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‘Breaking Boundaries’ podcast highlights interdisciplinary solutions to global challenges

A new podcast series from Northwestern University’s Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs launched earlier this week seeks to highlight successful collaborations and innovative ideas aimed at tackling complex global problems within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The “Breaking Boundaries” podcast is hosted by Annelise Riles, professor of law and executive director of Northwestern Buffett. The first season is dedicated to climate change ahead of the much-anticipated 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow beginning next week.

“This is a critical moment in time,” Riles said. “The greatest challenges facing the world today, from climate change and food insecurity to poverty and inequality, are large and complex. Now more than ever, sustainable solutions to these challenges require collaboration across borders of all kinds.”


1)    Universities and the climate crisis: John Robinson of the University of Toronto, and Jennifer Dunn of Northwestern University, discuss how to change the institutional culture of universities to make sustainability an essential component of operations as well as research and education missions. Listen now.

2)    Infrastructure and the climate crisis: Kate Newman, vice president for Sustainable Infrastructure and Public Sector Initiatives at the World Wildlife Fund, and Jim Hambleton of Northwestern University, discuss the paths forward to make sustainable infrastructure a priority. Listen now.

3)    Law and the climate crisis: Hari Osofsky, dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, talks about working with business, government and nonprofit leaders to make bipartisan progress on climate, energy and equity issues. Listen now.

4)    Economics and the climate crisis: Chris Canavan, chair of the Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, talks about how an outdated economic structure is endangering our planet and new approaches that could save it. Listen now.

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