Just Transitions

Our activities under this theme aim to raise awareness of the importance of the humanities and social sciences in understanding the complex human and social dimensions to environmental challenges and their solutions.
2021
Varies
International
Ongoing

Climate change is the existential challenge of our time. Ensuring just transitions while tackling climate change and biodiversity loss is key to supporting inclusive economies and societies in the future. Evidence from the social sciences and humanities is critical to supporting a just transition and how we can shape a positive future locally, nationally and globally.

Our activities and publications under this theme will approach the following questions:

What constitutes a just transition? How and by whom should such transitions be designed and led? How can the most profound social and environmental transformations in human history take place in a just and equitable fashion? How will these transitions be experienced and understood differently across societies and communities? How have such transitions been managed in the past and how have and will they be imagined and represented?

How can political institutions – nationally, transitionally, regionally and globally - be reframed so as to encourage the adoption of forward-looking public policy? What role may there be for green deals or stimuli to support this transition and the COVID-19 response? How might the global economic system support or hinder this? How can a low carbon world be facilitated by human behaviour rather than attempt to be imposed by technological innovation?

COP26 Briefings

Raising awareness of the importance of the humanities and the social sciences in understanding the complex human and social dimensions to environmental challenges and their solutions.

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