POSTED: July 17, 2017
Politics & Enterprise
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WORKSHOP: Climate Politics in Interesting Times

CUSP researchers at the PSA Specialist Group Environmental Politics organising a research workshop on 15 September 2017, exploring the prospects, barriers, and new opportunities of climate governance.

The politics around governing global climate change are complex enough at the best of times. Now, a surge of populism and ‘fake news’, in times of ongoing austerity in Western democracies, add even greater challenges to the picture.

In this research workshop, it will be explored what these ‘interesting times’ mean for the prospects, barriers, and new opportunities of climate governance. The event brings together academics, researchers, activists and policy-makers with expertise in climate politics, to explore any or all of the following questions:

  • How has the transnational climate governance arena evolved since Paris 2015?
  • What new barriers have arisen as a result of austerity, populism, Brexit and Trump?
  • How might they be addressed?
  • What are the prospects for international climate politics without US involvement in the Paris Agreement?
  • Does the changed context create any new opportunities as well?
  • What are the (new?) roles of scientists / experts / activists / citizens in today’s climate politics?

Contributions were invited that deal with these or related questions in relation to climate politics at all levels – local, regional, national, trans- and international –, focussing on different types of actors and specific issue areas, and from all relevant disciplines, whether empirical or theoretical.

The workshop will comprise academic research panels, a roundtable that brings together these scholarly perspectives with the perspectives of practitioners, activists and policy-makers, a career advice session for postgraduate students and early career researchers, and a grant writing clinic specifically geared towards environmental research. The agenda can be accessed on the PSA website.


The event is free to attend, please register via the Eventbrite page.


Sustainability Hub
Keele University*
ST5 5BG Keele

*The nearest train station is Stoke-on-Trent, which can be reached in 1.5 hours (on Virgin train services) or a bit over 2 hours (on the more affordable London Midland services) from London; a bit more than half an hour from Manchester; or 45 minutes from Birmingham. From Stoke-on-Trent station, it is a 15 minute taxi ride (or 45 minute bus ride) to Keele University.


Friday 15 September 2017


For further details, please contact Dr Marit Hammond.

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