Environmentalism & Climate Change: Framing the Debate

Room: 
Room B, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Wednesday 28th March 11:00 - 12:30
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Louise Maythorne (Bath Spa University)
Panel Members: 
  • Ms Joanna Wilson (University of Manchester)
  • Dr James Wong (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
  • Dr Brenda McNally (Dublin City University)
  • Benjamin Abraham (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)

This panel explores different approaches to framing the climate change & environmentalism debate. Wilson aims to ‘lift the veil’ on gender and global climate governance, through tracing the material and discursive processes through which decisions relating to gender and climate change take place in highly symbolic, performative and gendered spaces. McNally presents a nuanced investigation of Irish press representations of the low carbon transition. Wong focuses on the relatively underdeveloped dimension of an environmental state, and explores the mechanisms under which the state shapes the nature and trajectory of environmental movements through defining the idea of environmentalism. Finally, Abraham explores how ideational factors, specifically causal beliefs, about climate change are shaping the emerging polycentric governance system. Each of these papers offers a unique perspective on environmental politics by highlighting the diversity of ways in which debates over environmental issues, such as climate change, can be conceptualised and interpreted.