Authorship inequalities and the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change
Tiago Ribeiro Duarte
(University of Brasília)
Paper short abstract:
In this paper I present quantitative data that indicate disciplinary, gender, and regional, inequalities in the authorship composition of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change. I make suggestions on how these inequalities could be reduced in the PBMC making it more inclusive and pluralist.
Paper long abstract:
The Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (BPCC) was founded in 2009 by the Brazilian government to produce review reports of the scientific literature on climate change to inform climate policy. It is an attempt to reproduce the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Brazil. Its goals, working groups, and reports´ templates are identical to those of the IPCC. However, the BPCC also reproduces disciplinary, gender, and authorship inequalities that have been previously found in the IPCC and that are also present in the wider Brazilian society. In this paper I present quantitative data that show that the BPCC is composed mostly of Natural Scientists, men, and individuals from the Southeast of Brazil, the most industrialised/modernised area of the country. In other words, the BPCC follows a number of hierarchies that are prevalent in modern societies and that have been strongly criticised in the post- and decolonial literature. I make suggestions on how the BPCC could be partly decolonised, as a full decolonisation would depend on wider processes taking place in the Brazilian society, by implement authorship policies that would make it more inclusive and pluralist.
STS and Climate Change: Perspectives on/from the Global South