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Opening up climate and development: what do new forms and frames of intervention mean for the reduction of climate vulnerabilities? [paper]

Convenors:
Arabella Fraser (University of Nottingham)
Jonathan Ensor (University of York/ Stockholm Environment Institute)
Lisa Schipper (Oxford University Centre for the Environment)
Location:
Christodoulou Meeting Rooms East, Room 15
Start time:
20 June, 2019 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This roundtable invites academic, policy-maker and practitioner contributions to discussion of how changing architectures and mantras of 'global development' impact upon responses to climate change, with a particular focus on adaptation and resilience.

Long abstract:

As the 2018 IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees makes clear, climate change significantly impacts upon human development. This roundtable seeks academic and practitioner contributions to the question: how are the changing governance architectures and mantras of global 'development' shaping the ways in which responses to climate change are framed and enacted? What are the implications for human vulnerabilities? The distinct politics of the climate change negotiations has led to a top-down global governance architecture for financing climate change adaptation historically divided between 'climate additional' funding and development finance that mainstreams climate change. However, other frames and possibilities arise at multiple scales out of the 2030 global agreements, new geographies of power, including the role of the rising powers and national and local financing efforts, and shifts in Western development aid to localisation, securitisation and to foster private innovation. This may find synergy, tension and / or ambivalence with bottom-up efforts to foster adaptation and resilience alongside new modes of civic action framed around rights, reparations and justice. As well as academic research contributions, the roundtable seeks to promote reflections and debate from policy-makers and practitioners about the impacts of such contemporary geopolitical, strategic and discursive shifts on adaptation and resilience policy and practice. It is hoped the roundtable will lead to publications in the journal Climate and Development laying out a substantive new research agenda that opens up current understandings of the relationship between development and climate.