2014 Amsterdam Conference: Call for Papers

As part of the Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN), the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the 2014 Amsterdam Conference “Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance”. The 2014 Amsterdam Conference will be held on 20 November 2014 at De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam.

Conference Theme

The international community is currently not on track to meet its global climate change mitigation targets. The emissions gap between the greenhouse gas reduction pledges made by countries party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the mitigation pathway necessary to limit climate change within the range of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is widening. Acknowledging the need to close this ambition gap, policy makers and academics are discussing additional and alternative measures beyond the top-down, state-dominated targets and timetables approach. Referred to in the academic literature as, inter alia, transnational climate governance initiatives, international cooperative initiatives, climate clubs and networked climate governance, alternative climate governance arrangements are increasingly advocated as concrete solutions to the growing ambitions gap. Against this background, this conference invites papers that scrutinize available options for effective and legitimate climate change governance, both with the formal framework of the UNFCCC and beyond. Topics include, but are not limited to

  • Empirical and theoretical assessments of alternative climate governance arrangements (including cities, clubs, international cooperative initiatives as well as transnational, regional and sub-national networks);
  • Viable options for breaking the ongoing negotiation deadlock within the UNFCCC context;
  • Analyses of the emerging complex climate governance architecture (including the question of fragmentation and the role of orchestration as a strategy);
  • Positions and strategies of leading countries and negotiation blocks (i.e. BASIC) with regard to alternative climate governance arrangements.

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