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Climate Governance Workshop 12–14 April 2018

Organized by the Chair Group of Forest and Environmental Policy and the Chair of International Politics

Junior Researcher Conference at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) 



Polycentric Climate Governance after Paris: Expectations, Challenges and Pathways

With the Paris Agreement, the international community has entered a new era of climate governance. One particularly important aspect is the crucial role that non-state actors will play in driving global climate action, thereby increasingly blurring the line between public and private climate governance. Polycentric climate governance is characterized by network structures, covering multi-stakeholder participation and epistemic expertise, which ideally lead to innovative policy outcomes. However, with more dispersed and dynamic constellations of authority, critical questions arise about the legitimacy and effectiveness of polycentric governance arrangements with non-state actors. The conference aims at gaining a deeper understanding of the extent to which polycentric climate governance can successfully address climate change challenges.


What to expect

The conference is designed in a way to encourage PhD and Post-Doc researchers to proactively engage with prominent senior researchers of their field. The workshop offers various possibilities for face-to-face interaction and discussions. By offering a diverse set of innovative methods of instruction and exchange, we aim for a conducive learning atmosphere that inspires novel perspectives and long-lasting networks. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the Early Career Investigators’ Network (ECIN) of the INOGOV Network. The official program will be accompanied by exciting side events, including a Science Slam and a guided tour through the city of Freiburg. Bringing together several leading senior scientists and ambitious young researchers, this event is sought to serve as the basis for further research exchange or collaboration. One immediate output will be a policy brief to be published in the INOGOV Policy Brief Series.


Confirmed Senior Researchers 


Organizing Committee


The workshop is funded and co-organized by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).

  • Submission of abstracts: October 2017

  • Notification of acceptance: November 2017

  • Draft papers (max. 3000 words) are due 11.03.2018



The conference will take place at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

Albertstraße 19, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


For general questions or comments: climate.gov.workshop@mail.uni-freiburg.de

For more detailed information: Call for Papers (with preliminary program)


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