Climate Politics in Interesting Times


The PSA Specialist Group Environmental Politics is pleased to invite you to: 

Climate Politics in Interesting Times

Friday 15th September 2017, 10:00-17:00 

The Sustainability Hub, Keele University

The politics around governing global climate change are complex enough at the best of times. Now, a surge of populism, ‘fake news’, and the election of Donald Trump as US President, all in times of ongoing austerity in Western democracies, add even greater challenges to the picture. In this research workshop, we will explore 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 are 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.

We particularly invite contributions and participation of postgraduate students and early career researchers. Some funding is available to help support travel expenses for postgraduates and early career researchers on fixed-term contracts; please just include a note outlining why you would need to draw on this with your abstract submission.

The workshop will comprise:

  • Two academic research panels on different specific themes;
  • 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.

Those interested in presenting a panel paper should submit an abstract of 300 words max.; those interested in taking part in the practitioner roundtable should submit a brief outline of their role and the position/themes they would wish to speak about, also of 300 words max.

Please submit your abstracts or outlines to Marit Hammond ( by Monday 10 July 2017.

Whether you are submitting a paper or roundtable outline, or would just like to attend as a participant without presenting, please register via the Eventbrite page: