Anticipatory Governance of Climate Engineering: Whether, What, How, Why?

Climate engineering (CE) is a quintessential anticipatory governance challenge, where the very need for governance and the contours of a potential governance field remain uncertain and politically contested. ENP research in this area is just beginning and focuses, with partners, on:

-- analyzing diverse governance rationales advanced in the ever-growing academic and governance literature on climate engineering (i.e. who is demanding what kind of governance, and to what end);

-- the potential role of the IPCC and its upcoming special report on the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degrees temperature goal shapes climate engineering governance discussions; 

-- whether and how transparency – widely promoted as a foundational CE governance principle – can and has been operationalized in the CE governance realm, and with what political consequences.

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Earlier, related publications on anticipatory (risk) governance:

Gupta, Aarti. 2011. An evolving science-society contract in India: the search for legitimacy in anticipatory risk governance. Food Policy, 36, 6: 736-741. Available here

Jansen, Kees, and Aarti Gupta. 2009. Anticipating the Future: ‘Biotechnology for the Poor’ as Unrealized Promise? Futures, 41, 7: 436-445. Available here