October 14, 2014: Guest Lecture
Nate Hagens

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30-1:20 pm

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

‘On Being a Student, and a Citizen, and a Human, in the Anthropocene’

This talk synthesizes the energy and natural resource drivers of modern economies, environmental constraints, and human behavioral underpinnings to a world in overshoot. We are unlikely to ‘choose’ degrowth as a path, and for most people in the developed world growth has largely ended. The key is to decouple our cultural narrative away from pursuits correlated with energy throughput. This will not be easy but is definitely possible – how the academy, students and individuals respond to our interconnected challenges is an important part of the move towards a (more) sustainable long term arrangement with humans and nature.



Nate Hagens is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and highly-respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of energy decline. Nate is currently on the Boards of Post Carbon Institute, Bottleneck Foundation, IIER and Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future.

Nate’s presentations address the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming end of economic growth. On the supply side, Nate focuses on the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources, particularly energy. On the demand side, Nate addresses the evolutionarily-derived underpinnings to status, addiction, and our aversion to acting about the future and offers suggestions on how individuals and society might better adapt to what’s ahead.  Ultimately, Nate’s talks cover the issues relevant to propelling our species (and others) into deep time.

Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Previously Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.

PowerPoint Presentation Slides from Nate’s seminar.