Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world's vulnerable regions

Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world's vulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE) will launch on Tuesday 23 January 2018 from 14.30 to 18.00 at the Utrecht University Museum.

The project is a joint effort between Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research, the University of Oxford and the CGIAR Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Future Scenarios Project, and has been made possible by the BNP Paribas Foundation’s ‘Climate Action Call’.

Policy makers, businesses, NGOs and civil society are all struggling with thinking about the future under climate change. The future doesn’t exist yet, but ideas about the future do, and these ideas have real impacts on ideas and plans that are being made in the present. So whose ideas on the future determine the actions being taken in present? Whose ideas matter? Who’s involved? Who’s excluded? Are conversations about climate futures happening at the right time vis-a-vis policy and decision making, and what kinds of methods and scientific approaches are being used to think about what the future may bring? The RE-IMAGINE project brings together two research communities: scientists who seek to help policy makers think about future climate scenarios on the one hand, and social scientists whose job it is to critically investigate climate politics and policy on the other. So far these communities haven’t really been connected; They have a lot to learn from each other and their combined insights can be used to make thinking about climate futures a lot more inclusive, fair and effective.

This interactive day will revolve around such urgent and timely questions surrounding the investigation of climate foresight as a governance intervention. How can the potential of foresight be better understood as an intervention for improved climate adaptation, particularly in the countries most vulnerable to climate change? We would like to use this opportunity to kickstart an interdisciplinary and intersectoral network and to collaboratively work on a research agenda, (special issue) publications and funding opportunities.

The afternoon will start with project leaders Joost Vervoort (UU) and Aarti Gupta (WUR) presenting the project and team. This will be followed by reflections on the global context of the project by Professor Frank Biermann (UU), and Professor Garry Peterson (Stockholm Resilience Centre). The second part of the afternoon will be an interactive session to harvest your research and policy interests and then connect you to the different communities working on climate adaptation: governance and foresight researchers, policymakers, civil society and the private sector. In order to foster collaborative action we will report back to you in the following months, giving all participants access to an overview of communities, interests and shared opportunities.

We are looking forward to an interactive day followed by a reception with plenty of opportunity for a chat. You can also read more about the event on the Earth System Governance website. If you would like to attend, please fill out our registration form.

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Tuesday 9 January 2018