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Governance and Climate Change - Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Southampton

Governance and Climate Change presentation by Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Southampton at the BSA Climate Change Study Group Conference on 17 January 2011 at the British Library Conference Centre, London, UK.

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Governance and Climate Change - Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Southampton

  1. 1. BSA Climate Change Study Group “Governance and Climate Change” Graham Smith Professor of Politics [email_address]
  2. 2. Climate governance: challenges <ul><li>Integrating economy and environment </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting geo-politics </li></ul><ul><li>Social (and environmental) justice </li></ul><ul><li>Policy coordination/integration/trade-offs </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge politics </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging publics </li></ul><ul><li>Making sense of a changing landscape </li></ul>
  3. 3. Governance and the ‘practice turn’ <ul><li>Challenging the micro-foundations of governance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dominance of economics and social psychology in conceptualisation and application of tools of governance (command and control; economic instruments; etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methodological individualism and associated conceptualisation of rationality deeply problematic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alternative conceptualisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bounded rationality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social practices </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Governance of social practices <ul><li>Making sense of practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meanings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artefacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems of provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong on how practices become entrenched and embodied over time and inertia/resistance to change </li></ul><ul><li>BUT, governance challenge is how unsustainable practices can be actively reshaped </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Differences between types of practice? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies for different constitutive elements of practices? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoiding ‘rebound’? Etc… </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Current projects <ul><li>Focused on role of third sector organisations (TSOs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do TSOs facilitate low-carbon practices? (Third Sector Research Centre) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can community-based initiatives make a measurable contribution to net domestic energy savings and if so how? (Energy and Communities Programme) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Methodological pluralism </li></ul>
  6. 6. Main lesson… <ul><li>Way outside comfort zone! </li></ul>

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