Deep Climate Conversations

Deep Climate Conversations, organized and moderated by Jennifer Hadden and Aseem Prakash,  are online structured roundtables (i.e., questions circulated in advance to speakers). The objective is to explore climate issues at a deeper, theoretical level. These are 75-minute events: 60 minutes for discussion of planned questions, leaving about 15 minutes for comments from the audience.

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

Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 12:00-1:15 EST (9:00-10:15 am PST)

The roundtable focused on the following questions:

What are the biggest governance challenges related to climate and food systems? What research questions need to be answered on mitigation in food systems? On adaptation? Is there a tension between climate mitigation and adaptation in the agricultural sector? What are the biggest governance challenges related to climate and food systems? What research questions need to be answered on mitigation in food systems? On adaptation? Is there a tension between climate mitigation and adaptation in the agricultural sector?

Addressing climate and food security is often thought about in terms of supply-side policy such as incentivizing new technologies or encouraging/discouraging particular agricultural approaches. What incentives (or disincentives) do corporate actors (agri-businesses) have to promote low-carbon farming methods? Moreover, what is the political feasibility of including demand-side policies (reducing food waste and meat consumption) in the policy mix? Should corporate power (supermarkets in particular) be closely examined here as well?

Is there a rural backlash against climate policies? Farmers in many countries are protesting against climate mitigation policies, although rural economies would be severely impacted by the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events. Is climate mitigation perceived as imposing an urban agenda on rural areas? What might be the appropriate policy response?

Panelists:

Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo

Michelle Jurkovich, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Paul Winters, University of Notre Dame

Recording
On Google Drive, please link here.

Assessing COP 28

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 11:45 am -1:00 pm EST (8:45-10:00 am PST)

The roundtable focused on the following questions:

How do you assess the success of COP 28 and associated bilateral commitments? Broadly, how might one assess the success of any COP? Do they primarily have a performative function of focusing global attention on climate issues, or should we take their substantive pledges seriously?

How do you evaluate the global stocktake process? Did the process succeed in providing a focal point for negotiators? Did it have a “ratcheting up” effect on contributions? Or are global conflicts, inflation, and energy security issues derailing the climate agenda?

Given the almost impossibility of achieving the 1.5 C target, what sort of balance should future COPs strike between mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage? How do you assess the seriousness of developed countries towards the $100 billion annual climate aid target? Are there other promising financial mechanisms?

Panelists:

Joanna Lewis, Georgetown University

Anand Patwardhan, University of Maryland, College Park

David Victor, UC San Diego

Recording
On Google Drive, please link here.

Implementing Just Transition: Who Pays What to Whom and How

Thursday, November 16, 2023, 12:00-1:15 EST (9:00-10:15 am PST)

The roundtable focused on the following questions:

From your perspective, what are the key debates in the area of climate migration? Is the climate migration issue suffering from over-attribution given that wars, conflicts, and economic factors have historically been big drivers of cross-national migration? How do scholars isolate the effect of climate change on migration outcomes?

How central is the migration issue to the politics of climate change? Are COPs neglecting this subject? Should climate migration be subsumed under adaptation, or do we need a new conceptual category to understand it and address it?

In what ways could climate migration reshape international relations and domestic politics? From a cross-national perspective, are there differences in how both home and host countries are addressing the issue of climate migration?

Panelists:

Roman Hoffmann, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Vally Koubi, ETH Zurich

Valerie Mueller, Arizona State University

Alex de Sherbinin, Columbia University

Recording
On Google Drive, please link here.

Implementing Just Transition: Who Pays What to Whom and How

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 11:30-12:45 EST (8:30-9:45 am PST)

The roundtable focused on the following questions:

From your perspective, what are the key debates on implementing just transition? Who takes what position in these debates, and what are the main areas of disagreement? How central are these debates to the politics of climate change?

What do research and historical experience teach us about how the just transition should be structured? What sectors should it cover? Who should decide what resources are committed, when and how?

From a cross-national perspective, are there differences in how just transition plays out in different contexts? For example, what role might foreign aid or international NGOs or other international mechanisms play in supporting this work in developing country contexts?

Panelists:

Mijin Cha, University of California, Santa Cruz

Kathryn Harrison, University of British Columbia

Peter Newell, University of Sussex

Dimitris Stevis, Colorado State University

Dustin Tingley, Harvard University

Recording
On Google Drive, please link here.

Business Responses to Climate Change

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 11:00-12:15 EST

Panelists:

Michael Barnett, Rutgers University

Magali (Maggie) Delmas, UCLA

Jennifer Griffin, Loyola University Chicago

Llewelyn Hughes, Australian National University

Jonas Meckling, UC Berkeley

Recording
On Google Drive, please link here.

Climate Advocacy: What Works, and Why?

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 11:00-12:15 EST

Panelists:

Patricia Bromley, Stanford University

Mette Eilstrup-Sanviovanni, University of Cambridge

Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University

Fernando Tormos-Aponte, University of Pittsburgh

Recording
On Google Drive, please link here.

Multi-disciplinarity in Climate Social and Behavioral Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 11:00-12:15 EST

Panelists:

Teenie Matlock, UC Merced

Ron Mitchell, University of Oregon

Timmons Roberts, Brown University

Benjamin Sovacool, Boston University

Recording:
On Google Drive, please link here.

Assessing COP 27

Thursday, December 8, 2023, 11:00-12:15 EST

Panelists:

Jennifer Allan, Cardiff University

Patrick Bayer, University of Strathclyde

Navroz Dubash, Centre for Policy Research

David Victor, UC San Diego

Recording:
On Google Drive, please link here.