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Lau verjir ph.d.-ritgerð á Institut for Statskundskab

Ritgerðin er nevnd: Transscalar Governance of Climate Change: An Engaged Scholarship Approach.

Hósdagin 26. november 2015 kl. 14.00 fer Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær at verja ph.d.-ritgerð sína á Københavns Universitet, Center for Sundhed og Samfund, Institut for Statskundskab, Øster Farimags gade 5, 1353 København K., lokale 4.2.26. (Frokoststuen).


Í metingarnevndini hava sitið:

  • Professor Ian Manners, Institut for Statskundskab, Københavns Universitet (formaður)
  • Professor Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Professor Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto, Canada


Enskur samandráttur:

This dissertation explores transscalar governance of climate change from a Bourdieusian practice perspective. In five papers it investigates UN climate negotiations and the green growth policy field at micro, meso, and macro scales of analysis. It brings together the theoretical and empirical insights through engagement and dialogue with policy, business, and society. 

The main theoretical story is that practices and narratives shape how we respond to climate change. Transscalar governance of climate change evolves through social relations and processes (paper 1), through narrative practices (paper 2), incommunities of practice (paper 3), in strategic action fields (paper 4 and 5), and through specific strategic action and strategic moves (paper 5). The main empiricalstory is that transscalar governance of climate change after COP15 has evolved in many ways. This dissertation explores two; the re-configuration of the UNFCCC field (papers 1-3) and the formation of a new field focused on green growth (papers 4-5). The main practical story is that scholars are constantly involved in practical governance in both the UNFCCC and green growth field. 

The dissertation also reflects upon what it means being engaged in practical governance. The dissertation finds that engaged scholarship is a reflexive and transdisciplinary way of thinking and practicing research. And, it argues that in a Bourdieusian sense, (the practice of) theorising should include practical knowledge, and practice should include theoretical knowledge in a much more explicit and reflexive way. This is not recognised in the dominant narrative of climate change governance. Thus, this dissertation offers an alternative narrative and a way forward for transscalar governance of climate change as engaged scholarship.