CONNECT-project well represented at the 2014 workshop “Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance”

November 21, 2014 in Conferences, News, Publications by Oscar Widerberg

On 20 November, the  2014 Amsterdam Conference “Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Globa Climate Governance” took place at De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. The conference was organized by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam, as part of the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN) and included a day of key note speakers, panels and round-table discussions of some of the most pressing issues in global climate governance with many of the papers focusing on India’s role in climate change action.

CONNECT researchers Philipp Pattberg, Marija Isailovic and Oscar Widerberg were highly involved and  part of the following papers.

  • “Subnational climate networks, who they are and what they do.”by Jennifer Bansard, Philipp Pattberg, and Oscar Widerberg
  • “Exploring Patterns of Participation in Transnational Climate Governance: The case of India” by Marija Isailovic
  • “Mapping global climate governance by membership: A network approach” by Oscar Widerberg
  • “International Cooperative Initiatives in Global Climate Governance: Raising the Ambition Level or Delegitimizing the UNFCCC?” by Oscar Widerberg and Philipp Pattberg

All papers except the last one can be downloaded for free here.

The last paper can be accessed here (paywalled).

Should you be more interested in these papers, please don’t hesitate to contact us.




CONNECT presenting report on multi-stakeholder partnerships at the OECD

November 4, 2014 in Conferences, News by Oscar Widerberg

Last week, Oscar Widerberg, core member of the CONNECT team presented the recently published report on building-blocks for multi-stakeholder partnerships at the Global Perspectives conference arranged by the International Civil Society Center (ICSC) in partnership with the OECD in Paris. The event was attended by over 100 CEOs and other executives from the world’s largest Civil Society Organizations including for example the WWF, Greenpeace, CARE, SOS Children’s Villages, Oxfam and World Vision. The presentation introduced a workshop on multi-stakeholder partnerships and the role of CSOs. Chaired by  Sam Worthington, President & CEO of InterAction, the presentation and report was discussed by Rebecca Masisak, CEO of TechSoup Global and Heather MacKenzie, President and CEO at Forum for Democratic Global Governance. The report was well-received and the participants decided to focus more closely on power-relationships and leadership within multi-stakeholder partnerships when breaking into smaller working groups, indicating important themes for follow-up research.

You can download the presentation here.

Updated report on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

October 15, 2014 in Conferences, News, Publications by Oscar Widerberg

Just in time for the Global Perspectives meeting scheduled to be held in Paris in late October 2014, the International Civil Society Center (ICSC) have released a shorter version of the report Transnational multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development: Building blocks for success, previously published here on our site. The report will be discussed at the Global Perspectives meeting which is organized by the ICSC and attended by large number of global CSO Executives. CONNECT project member Oscar Widerberg will participate in a panel discussion on multi-stakeholder partnerships at the meeting in Paris.

You can already now download the new version of the report Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: Bulding Blocks for Success here.

Call for Papers “Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance”, 20 November 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

September 12, 2014 in Conferences, News by Marija Isailovic

As part of the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN), the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam, is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the 2014 Amsterdam Conference “Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance”. The 2014 Amsterdam Conference will be held on 20 November 2014 at De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam.

The international community is currently not on track to meet its global climate change mitigation targets. The emissions gap between the greenhouse gas reduction pledges made by countries party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the mitigation pathway necessary to limit climate change within the range of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is widening. Acknowledging the need to close this ambition gap, policy makers and academics are discussing additional and alternative measures beyond the top-down, state-dominated targets and timetables approach. Referred to in the academic literature as, inter alia, transnational climate governance initiatives, international cooperative initiatives, climate clubs and networked climate governance, alternative climate governance arrangements are increasingly advocated as concrete solutions to the growing ambitions gap. Against this background, this conference invites papers that scrutinize available options for effective and legitimate climate change governance, both with the formal framework of the UNFCCC and beyond. Topics include, but are not limited to
– Empirical and theoretical assessments of alternative climate governance arrangements (including cities, clubs, international cooperative initiatives as well as transnational, regional and sub-national networks);
– Viable options for breaking the ongoing negotiation deadlock within the UNFCCC context;
– Analyses of the emerging complex climate governance architecture (including the question of fragmentation and the role of orchestration as a strategy);
– Positions and strategies of leading countries and negotiation blocks (i.e. BASIC) with regard to alternative climate governance arrangements.

September 30 – Deadline for submission of abstracts
October 15 – Notification of acceptance
November 15 – Deadline for submission of papers
November 20 – 2014 Amsterdam Conference

De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, 1015 CV Amsterdam
De Rode Hoed, or the Red Hat is located in the historical center of Amsterdam overviewing the Keizersgracht Canal. It is easily accessible from the Amsterdam Central Train Station which offers many train connections to and from the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Early career researchers and PhD students are highly encouraged to submit papers to utilize the platform to get feedback on their work from their peers and from senior researchers, and to explore of the scope of collaborative research in the area. The abstracts (max 300 words) should be submitted as PDF by email to no later than 30 Sept, 2014.

Please note that no participation fees will be charged. Financial support covering travel, accommodation and meals is only available for IECNG members.

The conference is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in partnership with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) as part of the research grant awarded in 2012-2015 to the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN) research partners.

Frank Biermann, Marija Isailovic and Philipp Pattberg, conference chairs

For more information, please click Future_ClimateGovernance_CfP_Amsterdam20November

Fragmentation in environmental governance a central theme at this years ECPR conference

August 15, 2014 in Conferences by Oscar Widerberg

With only three weeks away, researchers are putting the finishing touch to their papers and presentations for this years annual conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). The conference is scheduled to start in the first week of September and is hosted by the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

The conference features an entire section on governance in the anthropocene and is spearheaded by Philipp Pattberg and Fariborz Zelli. There will be lots of talk about fragmentation in global environmental governance and several CONNECT-people will present their latest research results. Hopefully we can upload some of the papers to this homepage at a later stage.

CONNECT well represented at the annual Earth System Governance conference 2014

August 15, 2014 in Conferences by Oscar Widerberg

Just before the summer break, the annual Earth System Governance (ESG) conference took place in Norwich, England. It was hosted by the University of East Anglia and attracted a great number of social science scholars  from all over the world to discuss new research and developments in the Earth System Governance community. The conference is a central meeting point and event for the fellows and other affiliates within the Earth System Governance Project and this years theme was Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene.

CONNECT was well represented with both core staff and collaborating scholars presenting and acting as discussants in the different tenders. For instance, Marija Isailovic presented a paper on Legitimacy in fragmented global environmental governance: Experience from the global South in a panel entirely dedicated to the legitimacy, accountability and the fragmentation of environmental governance. Oscar Widerberg presented a paper on Climate  clubs  and  the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Complement, bypass or conflict? in a panel that discussed the state of global climate governance. Don’t hesitate to contact any of us in case you have any comments, queries or questions.

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 by Marija Isailovic

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 by Marija Isailovic

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

Panel on fragmentation on the ECPR 2013 in Bordeaux

September 8, 2013 in Conferences, News by Oscar Widerberg

Some of the great minds in the community of political scientists working on fragmentation just came back from a 4 day sejour in Bordeaux. The annual conference arranged by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) was held in collaboration with Science Po Bordeaux and attracted a bunch of interesting people and presentations. A special panel on “Fragmentation and integration in global governance” was arranged by Fariborz Zelli from Lund University and Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen from the University of Wageningen. Philipp Pattberg from the Free University Amsterdam acted as a discussant. 5 interesting papers on Climate change and framing, Media, the CCAC, and How bottom-up alternatives impact higher level governance,  were presented and can be downloaded here.