The Politics of Climate Engineering - Actors, Arenas, Timescales

29 September - 2 October 2020

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

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Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the physical workshop has been rescheduled to 2021

As the idea of a climate crisis gains traction around the globe, measures that could aid in stemming the tide are desperately sought after. This workshop will address the politics involved in generating scientific expertise and policies around a group of technological approaches often summarized as ‘climate engineering’: large scale, intentional interventions into the Earth’s climate envisioned to stabilize global temperatures, ranging from massive afforestation to atmospheric dispersion of reflective particles. Specifically, it addresses an apparent contradiction between the still largely speculative and imaginary nature of these approaches on the one hand, and their increasing normalization and integration into climate science and policy making on the other: How can we make sense of the emerging politics of climate engineering against this backdrop?

The workshop seeks to advance a research agenda that might contribute to a better understanding of the actors, arenas and timescales involved in these emerging politics of climate engineering. The goal of the workshop is to set up a interdisciplinary network of critical scholars and policy experts who shed light on important but understudied issues relating to:

  • the notion of the political in the context of this apparently technocratic debate and
  • how climate engineering connects climate science and policy

Envisioned outputs include an edited volume and a co-authored scientific paper. Due to the Covid19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, the date for the face-to-face meeting remains to be set. However, a digital workshop will take place to kick-off substantial collaboration on this important and timely topic. The digital workshop will build on the discussion of short think-pieces through which the participants can present their diverse perspectives on the emerging politics of climate engineering. This discussion will serve to identify common themes for our ongoing exchange, spotlight critical research questions, and prepare the face-to-face meeting at the Lorentz Center next year.



    September 29

    15:0015:20 Introduction (scientific organisers)
    15:2016:00 Round 1: Think pieces
    16:1016:50 Round 2: Think pieces
    17:0017:40 Round 3: Think pieces

    September 30

    15:0015:40 Round 4: Think pieces
    15:5016:30 Round 5: Think pieces
    16:4017:20 Round 6: Think pieces
    17:3018:00 Overall reflection and discussion

    October 1

    15:0015:20 Presentation of harvested insights (scientific organisers)
    15:2016:00 Feedback and comments from participants
    16:1017:00 Plan of action and task allocation

    October 2

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    Ina Möller, Wageningen University  

    Julia Schubert, Bonn University  

Wendy van der Linden

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