Research innovation theme 5: Governing Climate Futures

Published on
October 12, 2016

Climate change is the quintessential transboundary, transdisciplinary sustainability challenge facing the planet today. It is characterized by an evolving, yet ever more fragmented, set of multi-actor and multilevel governance arrangements, set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing global order. ENP research focuses on key aspects of the anticipatory governance challenge presented by climate change. These range from assessing the centrality of transparency as a potentially transformative tool in the Paris Agreement, to whether climate engineering should even be contemplated, to the dynamics of novel carbon trading arrangements in regions of the Global South, to the role of new ICT technologies in responding to climate and environmentally-related migration. Our research on these timely topics is motivated by the pressing need to promote more equitable and effective governance of this multifaceted challenge.

The ENP group is also the co-founder of the REDD@WUR network at Wageningen, a university-wide interdisciplinary network of researchers considering governance and impacts of REDD+ on the ground. REDD@WUR is composed of more than 70 researchers working in 30 countries. With an international conference on “Disclosing Sustainability: the Transformative Power of Transparency?” concluded in June 2016, where the role of transparency, including in multilateral climate governance, was extensively debated; and with our engagement in university-wide, national, and international networks on varied climate topics, our group is very well-positioned to further cutting-edge, theoretically informed research in this field. 

Read more about our climate research on the theme page.

In presenting this fifth theme, our introduction to ENP's new research strategy is now complete.

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