How to Meet a Global Challenge? Climate Engineering at the Science-Policy Nexus: Contested Understandings of Responsible Research and Governance
The project aims at better understanding if, how, and to what effect CE is part of processes of redrafting the ways in which the global challenge of climate change has been addressed both scientifically and politically. The project will be unique in its approach to combine analysis of the Priority Programme (SPP) itself and the wider arenas of research and policy-making.
The project will focus on the perspectives from which actors from various domains of society – in particular, science, policy-making and civil society – articulate and envision CE, hereby reasoning about epistemic, normative, and institutional issues of climate change. The analytic framework will build on methods and concepts developed in previous research, combining approaches to discourse analysis, science communication research, regime analysis, and anticipatory governance of science and technology. In addition to scientific and policy documents, we will analyze expert interviews and data generated through participant observation within and beyond the SPP.
By situating the SPP in the broader landscape of debate and decision-making, we aim at advancing capacity building in the SPP, enabling it to better understand, and operate in, the unfolding network of CE-related controversies, interactions and strategies.
K E Y O B J E C T I V E S
Project at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt: Climate Change Assessment and Governance: Controversies over Climate Engineering in Arenas of Science and Policy-making
1. CE, responsible research and governance: discourses in scientific and policy arenas
2. Epistemic communities of CE
3. Public engagement with CE research
Project at TU Darmstadt: Climate Change Assessment and Responsible Research: Science Communication within the Priority Programme on Climate Engineering
Science and Responsibility
Impression from the analysis of the SPP 1689 within the sub-project SciPol
International Research Partners
- USA: Prof. Clark Miller (Arizona State University)
- UK: Prof. Andy Stirling (University of Sussex), Dr. Jack Stilgoe (University College London), project on “Climate Geoengineering Governance”, funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)