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Climate leadership, collective action and the civilizational challenge of climate change

Key note lecture by Robyn Eckersle

Time: 23 May 2019, 16h00–18h00
Venue: William-Olssonsalen (entrance Svante Arrhenius väg 14), Stockholm University

The demand for leadership is ubiquitous in world politics but the supply is generally disappointing, and nowhere is this more evident than in the field of climate politics. This lecture will provide a meditation on the unprecedented civilizational challenge of responding to climate change through the lens of leadership. What is leadership, what can it do, is it necessary to resolve collective action problems, and why is it in such short supply where it is most needed? The primary focus will be on states, particularly the problematic role of great powers, but attention will also be given to smaller states and non-state actors who have succeeded in mobilizing others to take action on climate change.

Robyn Eckersley is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne, and is currently serving as the Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lund University for the first half of 2019.

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Organised by Environmental Research in the Human Sciences

Steering Committee: Karin Bäckstrand, Jonas Ebbesson, Kerstin Lidén
Postdoc team: Gregers Andersen, Larissa Basso, Eugene Costello, Joost de Moor, Francesca Rosignoli

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