Open seminar on the EU, the US, and Emerging Powers in Global Climate Politics

CBS Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence together with the Public-Private Platform organize an open seminar on clima politics in the EU, the US and Emerging Powers with Prospects for Progress in Global Climate Politics.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 09:15 to 12:30

The seminar will include four key speakers presenting their take on global climate politics. More specifically, the seminar will focus on conflicts in US climate politics and which role emerging powers, such as India and China, have in terms of global climate politics. Furthermore, the seminar will discuss the EU's role regarding global climate politics, followed by a discussion.

Speakers during the seminar:

Matthew J. Hoffmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.  In addition to a number of articles and book chapters on climate politics, carbon markets, and global governance, he is the author of Ozone Depletion and Climate
Change: Constructing a Global Response
(SUNY Press 2005) and co-editor with Alice Ba of Contending Perspectives on Global Governance (Routledge 2005). His most recent book is Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto (Oxford University Press 2011).

Sandeep Sengupta has served as a Special Assistant to India’s Minister of State for Environment and Forests on climate change, and was a member of India’s official delegation to the Copenhagen Summit. He recently defended his doctoral thesis at Oxford University, on India’s international and domestic behaviour on climate change over the last two decades. Selected publications:  ‘Defending “Differentiation”: India’s foreign policy on climate change from Rio to Copenhagen', in Bajpai and Pant, eds., India’s Foreign Policy: A Reader, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013; ‘Emerging powers, North-South relations and global climate politics’, International Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 3, May 2012, (with Andrew Hurrell); ‘Managing the Environment: A growing problem for a growing power’, in India: The Next Superpower?, A Special Report of LSE International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy (IDEAS), London School of Economics, March 2012, pp. 54-58; ‘International climate negotiations and India’s role’, in Dubash, ed., Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Politics and Governance, Routledge, London/New York and Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 101-117; ‘Climate Change and India’s National Strategy’, in Krishnappa Venkatshamy and Princy George, eds., Grand Strategy for India: 2020 and Beyond, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 301-313.


Thomas Hale is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. Dr. Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve--or not--to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. His most recent book is Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing When We Need It Most (Polity 2013).


Karin Bäckstrand is professor of Political Science at Lund University and Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations at the University of Oxford. Selected publications:  “The EU’s role in climate change negotiations: from leader to ‘leadiator’” in Journal of European Public Policy (forthcoming – with Ole Elgström), “EU’s uppgång och fall som global klimatledare” [The Rise and Fall of EU as global climate leader] in Rikard Bengtsson (ed.). Ordförandeskapet i EU 2009. ”[The Swedish Presidency of the European Union 2009], Stockholm: SNS Förlag; co-editor of Environmental Politics After the Deliberative Turn. Examining the Promise of New Modes of Governance (Edward Elgar, 2010),”The Democratic Legitimacy of Global Governance", in John Dryzek, Richard Norgard, and David Schlosberg (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford University Press, 2011), co-editor of special issue "The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage” in Global Environmental Change (2011). Bäckstrand is also a member of The Scientific Steering Committee of Earth System Governance Project.


Updated Program
09.20-09.30: Coffee and morning snack
09.30-09.45: Morten Ougaard: Welcome and Introduction
09.45-10.15: Matthew Hoffmann: Presidential Ambitions(?), Congressional Resistance, and Subnational Momentum in US Climate Politics
10.15-10.45: Sandeep Sengupta: Still Defending Differentiation? India in Global Climate Politics
10.45-11.00: Coffee Break
11.00-11.30: Thomas Hale: China's Domestic Climate Politics: Do International Factors Matter?
11.30-12.00: Karin Bäckstrand: Can the EU renew its bid for climate leadership?
12.00-12.30: Discussion: Prospects for Progress


Organized by the CBS Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence in collaboration with the CBS Public-Private Platform.

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