The British Academy's COP26 Briefings Series aims to raise 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. We are convening our community, bridging sectors and disciplines, integrating insights to help inform policy, and encouraging interdisciplinary learning.
by Kim Bouwer and Joana Setzer
This briefing examines post-Paris Agreement 2015 legal mobilisation, discussing the who, why, how and what for of this new wave of activity.
by Katharina Rietig
This briefing outlines how responsible policies for transitioning to a zero-carbon economy can address the climate crisis and offer co-benefits for addressing the other challenges.
by Anna Barford, Rachel Proefke, Anthony Mugeere, and Barbara Stocking
This briefing connects the structural disadvantage experienced by many young people in low- and middle-income countries, to the upheaval, uncertainty and stress caused by climate change.
by Vanesa Castán Broto and Linda Westman
Calls for urban climate action are happening simultaneously with unprecedented rates of urbanisation. Urban climate action is required to avoid carbon lock-in in rapidly growing areas that demand new infrastructures. At the same time, rapid urban growth is associated with the growth of informal settlements, in which urban communities may lack basic services. Urban climate action must deliver infrastructures that build resilience while allowing every citizen to thrive.