Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET & CHAD Lunch Seminar

Governing Climate Change. Polycentricity in Action?

CET and CHAD (Challenges to Advanced Democracies, Sampol) are happy to announce the upcoming lunch seminar with Prof. Andrew Jordan, Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK.

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Andrew Jordan/ Cambridge University Press

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He will present the main findings from his latest book, published open access by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Governing Climate Change. Polycentricity in Action?

Climate change governance is in a state of enormous flux. New and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing around the international climate regime centred on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They appear to be emerging spontaneously from the bottom up, producing a more dispersed pattern of governing, which Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom famously described as 'polycentric'. This book brings together contributions from some of the world's foremost experts to provide the first systematic test of the ability of polycentric thinking to explain and enhance societal attempts to govern climate change. It is ideal for researchers in public policy, international relations, environmental science, environmental management, politics, law and public administration. It will also be useful on advanced courses in climate policy and governance, and for practitioners seeking incisive summaries of developments in particular sub-areas and sectors. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

About Andrew Jordan

I am fascinated by the politics that emerge when attempts are made to govern environmental problems using the tools and methods of public policy.  I have examined how these different forms of politics have played out in relation to different aspects of governing including the use of new policy instruments, policy coordination across sectors, policy innovation and policy dismantling.  I undertake comparative work on these topics in substantive policy areas such as climate change, water management and sustainable development.


Professor Jordan will give a 45-minute talk based on his book findings, followed by an open Q&A.


Open to all interested.