Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

CET Lunch: Energising a renewable future

Welcome to our virtual and physical seminar with Lisa Sanderink, a postdoctoral researcher at the Section of Governance and Technology for Sustainability of the University of Twente (the Netherlands).

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Our CET Lunches are hybrid.

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Our speaker will attend digitally. Participants can sign up and tune in via stream, or turn up at CET where lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Energising a renewable future – Institutional interactions in the climate-energy nexus and their implication for structure, coherence and effectiveness

Energy is crucial for economic growth and welfare but simultaneously stands front and centre in the fight against climate change. Consequently, the world is facing a tremendous challenge to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees (Paris Agreement) while ensuring affordable and clean energy for all (Sustainable Development Goal 7, Agenda 2030). As these two targets increasingly intertwine, global climate and energy governance become inextricably linked. Yet, academic literature has developed in two tracks, failing to grasp the interactions. It is therefore time to thoroughly and systematically study the climate-energy nexus. This lunch seminar will scrutinise this emerging field: it describes the structure of institutions in the climate-energy nexus, it introduces new methods to analyse how discursive and institutional interactions affect the (in)coherence of this structure, and, finally, it reviews the implications of institutional interactions for effectiveness. In addition, it will discuss future research plans to add to the growing academic and societal debates on how greater synergy can be achieved between international climate and energy targets, and, ultimately, how the climate-energy nexus should be structured to energise a renewable future.

About the speaker:

Lisa Sanderink is a postdoctoral researcher at the Section of Governance and Technology for Sustainability of the University of Twente (the Netherlands). She is involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects to study governance conditions for sustainable local energy systems. More broadly, her research focuses on climate and energy governance with a special interest in the complexity of governance structures – institutionally and discursively – and the implications for effectiveness. Before joining the University of Twente, Lisa Sanderink worked as a policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Prior to that, she acquired her doctorate degree at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a thesis on the governance structure of the climate-energy nexus.