On 27th February, Irene Lorenzoni delivered her inaugural professorial lecture entitled "Seeing and believing? Opportunities and challenges of living with climate change". Drawing upon a range of studies spanning several decades, she explored developments in individual and societal views of climate change, discussed the complexities and challenges of mitigation and adaptation, and reflected on living with change more broadly.
This lecture can be viewed in full through the link below.
The DeepDCarb team organized a workshop on climate policy expansion and/or dismantling in Mannheim in October 2022. It aimed at advancing the state of the art on these topics and showcase it in a series of papers which will eventually be published in a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.
The comparative study of climate policy has advanced a lot in recent years but has mostly concentrated on the adoption of new targets, policies and policy instruments to curb emissions. Often it is politically more feasible to adopt new targets, policies and instruments than to weaken or entirely dismantle policies that are already in place (e.g., fossil fuel subsidies).
In Climate Policy Ambition: Exploring A Policy Density Perspective, we measure climate policy density from 2000-2019 by drawing on three publicly available databases: Climate Change Laws of the World, Climate Policy Database and the Policies and Measures Database. All three measurements show an upward trend in the adoption of climate policy. However, our empirical comparison also reveals differences between the measurements with regard to the degree of policy expansion and sectoral coverage, which are due to differences in the type of policies in the databases. Since the choice of the database and the resulting measurement of policy density ultimately depend on the questions posed by researchers, we conclude by discussing whether some questions are better answered by some measurements than others.
Andrew Jordan has written a blog post titled 'Politics for deeper and faster decarbonisation' for the Academy of Social Sciences' Campaign for Social Science website. In it, he looks at the politics of climate change, suggesting that it is essential to somehow simultaneously both politicise and depoliticise the agenda. The post forms part of a new climate and sustainability hub which showcases some of the best evidence-based social science research offering perspectives that help deepen our understanding of the effects of the crisis, while also contributing potential solutions and answers.
research.com has just published the 2022 Edition of their Ranking of the Top 1000 Scientists in the area of Law and Political science. We are delighted that Andy Jordan has been ranked #26 in the world ranking in this category as well as #2 in United Kingdom.
You can see the full world ranking here: research.com/scientists-rankings/law-and-political-science
You can find the entire ranking for United Kingdom here: research.com/scientists-rankings/law-and-political-science/gb
A number of papers by DeepDCarb team members have recently been published.
'The political challenges of deep decarbonisation: Towards a more integrated agenda'' appears in the inaugural issue of the newly launched Climate Action journal. As the societal commitment to deep decarbonisation will eventually emerge from the interaction between policies, publics and politicians, in this paper we review the existing literatures on these three to identify salient research gaps. Our findings show that existing work has largely focused on one aspect in isolation. Thus, we set out a more integrated research agenda that explores the three-way interaction these, arguing that greater integration is required to understand better the conditions under which different political systems address societal commitment dilemmas.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the ESRC’s flagship Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), with the post based at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
The post holder will join an international team of scholars to conduct research on politicians’ role in accelerating climate mitigation in the upcoming decades, commensurate with limiting climate change to 1.5 or 2°C of warming.