Coalitions between business groups and civil society are the best way to ensure governments in developing countries protect their natural resources, the former global chairman of Shell will tell the University of Brighton’s Festival of Research.

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart will speak about natural resource development and developing economies at the free, public event on May 8 at 6.30pm. This will be followed by questions and answers.

Moody-Stuart has been involved in global debates on energy and the environment for the past two decades and chaired task forces on renewable energy for the G8 and for business for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. He serves as vice-chairman of the Global Compact Board and has been chairman of the Global Compact Foundation since 2006. The Global Compact is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and to report on their implementation.

The University of Brighton’s Festival of Research is part of the Brighton Fringe and aims to engage the public in current topics of debate in the social sciences, arts and science.