Deep Climate Conversations

The Environmental Politics and Governance Network has launched a new initiative, Deep Climate Conversations. This will be an online structured roundtable (i.e., questions circulated in advance to speakers) on a specific issue. The objective is to explore climate issues at a deeper, theoretical level.  

This will be a 75-minute event: 60 minutes for discussion of planned questions, leaving about 15 minutes for comments from the audience.

Assessing COP 27

Thursday, December 8, 11:00-12:15 EST

Please register in advanceĀ here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Jennifer Hadden, University of Maryland, College Park

Aseem Prakash, University of Washington Seattle


Jennifer Allan, Cardiff University

Patrick Bayer, University of Strathclyde

Navroz Dubash, Centre for Policy Research

David Victor, UC San Diego

Roundtable questions:

  1. Developed countries have resisted the issue of Loss and Damage for many years.  What led to the outcome at COP 27?  From a social science perspective, what does this suggest about what theoretical factors we should pay attention to in studying the outcomes of international processes?
  2. Much of social science climate scholarship continues to be centrally concerned with questions around the politics of mitigation. Post-Paris, is the UNFCCC process still central to stimulating mitigation commitments? If so, in what ways? 
  3. Is the UNFCC paying sufficient attention to adaptation, given the difficulties in limiting temperature rise to I.5C? If not, why not? 
  4. From the perspective of climate advocates, the past year has seen some big successes (e.g., the IRA, the Loss and Damage outcome) and some disappointments (e.g., growing pessimism about the 1.5 degrees target).  What strategies do activists and advocates use in this complicated political context? In your view, are they able to be effective?