CONNECT engages in the Indian-European Multi-Level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN)

March 12, 2014 in News

In efforts to identify constraints and opportunities in strengthening responses to climate change on multiple levels of governance in India and EU and generate knowledge regarding conceptual, methodological and empirical developments in this area, CONNECT becomes engaged in the Indian-European Multi-Level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN). IECGN is a collaborative research network of leading Indian and European academic institutions in the research of climate governance partnering with the Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin; Faculty of Policy and Planning, TERI University, New Delhi; Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam; Global Change Programme, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Pondicherry University. Launched in January 2013 in New Delhi, IECGN grew to include a number of distinguished scholars engaged in catalyzing research on many critical themes related to multi-level climate governance including the role of different set of actors, such as cities, social movements, industries, as well as identifying climate governance as a cross-cutting theme within other areas of research such as energy transitions, food security and sustainable development, among others. After two successful events organized in New Delhi and Kolkata in 2013, a number of workshops and conferences will be organized in partner countries with the aim of generating collaborative research and exchange of knowledge among the participants.

CONNECT Working Paper “Measuring Degree of Fragmentation in Global Climate Governance” presented at the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

October 17, 2013 in Conferences, News, Publications

We are pleased to announce that our paper Mapping and Measuring the Degree of Fragmentation in Global Climate Governance Architecture by Oscar Widerberg and Marija Isailovic was presented at the 2013 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations “One International Relations or Many? Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises” that took place from 18-21 Semptember, Warsaw, Poland. The paper was presented as part of the panel “Mapping Global Governance: How Transnational Networks and Regimes Shape Global Policies”. The full paper can be accessed here.

Global climate governance has changed dramatically since the adoption of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. From being a chiefly state driven process, today’s architecture of global climate governance is characterized by a patchwork of institutions, actors, norms and discourses. Governance arrangements have emerged from bottom-up processes and resulted in non-hierarchical structures where non-state actors such as NGOs, firms, and cities, and hybrid actors such as networks and partnerships take center-stage. As a result global climate governance has become complex, polycentric, or rather, fragmented, both vertically between supranational, international, national, and subnational layers of authority, and horizontally between parallel rule making arrangements.
To understand the impact of fragmentation on policy outcomes we need a framework for mapping institutions and actors active in global climate governance and their associated norms and discourses. Mapping fragmentation and exploring the impacts on policy is a growing field of interests for IR scholars. However, current attempts to map fragmentation are insufficiently integrated in terms of level and depth. Studies focus too much on either the relations between MEAs or on the transnational level. To advance the understanding of fragmentation we need to integrate levels of analysis between institutions and actors and their underlying norms and discourses.
To bridge this gap we first develop an analytical framework assessing the level of fragmentation in global governance architectures. The framework will build on Biermann et al. (2009) and lend from realist, liberal, institutional IR traditions, as well as constructivist approaches to map fragmentation in terms of institutions, actors, norms and discourses. Second, to test the framework, we apply it to the global climate regime complex. The results feed the vibrant debate on the causes, properties, and implications of fragmentation in global environmental governance.

Call for Papers: 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance, 1-3 July 2014

October 17, 2013 in Conferences, News

We invite you to the 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance on “Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene”, to be held 1-3 July 2014 at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. The 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance will be jointly hosted by the University of East Anglia and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. Conference will address two emerging analytical themes, namely Access and Allocation of Resources (Water, Food, Energy, Health and Wellbeing, Forests and Carbon Rights) and Transformative Pathways to Sustainability. Papers addressing other analytical challenges of architecture, agency, adaptiveness and accountability are also invited. More information here.
15 November 2013 – Deadline for abstract and panel proposal submission
1 February 2014 – Notifications sent
15 May 2015 – Paper submission deadline for Oran R. Young Prize for best early-career paper
1 July 2014 – Announcement of Oran R. Young Prize winner

Harro Van Asselt defends his thesis on The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance: Consequences and Management of Regime Interactions

October 17, 2013 in News

On Thursday 17 October our collaborating scholar, Harro Van Asselt will defend his PhD thesis at 13:45 in the Auditorium of the VU University, Amsterdam. His dissertation explores the fragmented state of global climate change governance by addressing the interactions between the United Nations (UN) climate regime and other international climate-related regimes such as Minilateral Clean Technology Agreements, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Trade Organization. Furthermore, based on his study of the consequences of such interactions in global climate governance, he proposes possible management options that would address conflicts and enhance synergies between these climate-related regimes.

Besides clear academic relevance of exploring the consequences and the management of regime interactions, his theses draws attention to those aspects that are highly relevant from the policy makers’ perspective as well. Accordingly he proposes possible policy recommendations based upon each individual regime interaction and the changing role of the UN climate regime in a fragmented governance landscape.

EPA Speaker Series 2013: Bringing the Intragovernmental Into Regime Interaction Analysis: The G20 and Climate Change by Jakub Skovgaard

October 17, 2013 in News

As part of the monthly EPA Speaker Series organized at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam, our collaborating scholar Jakub Skovgaard will give a presentation of his research on the role of intergovernmental processes in regime fragmentation and more specifically on the role of the G20 in the climate change regime complex.

Climate change is increasingly addressed by actors and regimes which do not usually deal with environmental issues. One example is the Group of 20 (G20), which has addressed climate change issues since 2009. In order to understand the interaction between the G20 and other regimes on climate change, it is necessary to analyze the dynamics which take place on the intra-governmental level between the finance ministries – the domestic constituency of the G20 – and the environment ministries – the domestic constituency of the environmental regimes.

Date: 18th Nov 2013
Time: 12:00-13:00
Location: Room C543
VU Campus, W&N building, IVM
(entrance via De Boelaan 1085)