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Felix Dodds

Felix Dodds

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • 135 Dauer Drive
  • CB#7431
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Felix Dodds has been active at the UN since 1990 and has focused on issues such as water, climate, governance, environmental security and stakeholder engagement.
 
His focus at UNC has been on the Nexus of Water, Food, Energy with Climate Change. He has co-directed the Water Institute's two conferences on the subject in 2014 and 2018. This resulted in the 2016 co-editing for Routledge of “The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus” with Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute, with a Foreword by HRH Prince Charles.
 
In 2019 he was a candidate for the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme and he is an International Ambassador for the City of Bonn.
 
He has written or edited eighteen books including: “Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world” (2016), written with the co-chair of the negotiations Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch with a Foreword by former Irish President Mary Robinson.  It is the final book in a trilogy (known as the Vienna Café Trilogy) of books on sustainable development at the global level from 1972 to now. The other two books being: “From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future”, written with Jorge Laguna Celis and Ambassador Liz Thompson, and “Only One Earth: The Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development”, written with Michael Strauss and the father of sustainable development Maurice Strong.
 
For the Sustainable Development Goals process he advised the Ford Foundation, the Communitas Coalition, Article 19, the World Animal Protection and the company AVIVA. He also set up and advises the government group Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development.
 
In 2012 he was on the Steering Committees for the major global scientific conference "Planet Under Pressure". In 2011 he chaired the UN conference "Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens".  The outcome document was the first one to put forward some suggestions on what the Sustainable Development Goals should be.
 
From 2008 to 2011 he ran the Water and Climate Coalition securing water as a major element of future climate negotiations.


Publications

  1. Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear (2019). Routledge
  2. The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus (2016) co-edited with Dr. Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute and a Foreword by HRH Prince Charles. Routledge
  3. Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world” (2016), written with the co-chair of the negotiations Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch with a Foreword by former Irish President Mary Robinson.  Routledge
  4. From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future (2014), written with Jorge Laguna Celis, Ambassador Liz Thompson. Routledge
  5. Only One Earth The Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development (2012), written with Michael Strauss and the father of sustainable development Maurice Strong. Routledge

Research Activities


•    Nexus-Food-Water-Energy-Climate
•    Climate Change (including water and climate)
•    Environmental Security
•    Sustainable Development Governance
•    Father Christmas and Climate Change
•    Plastics and Oceans
•    Financing sustainable development
•    Stakeholder engagement

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