PSA Annual Conference 2018, Cardiff

The PSA Annual International Conference is being held from 26th – 28th March in Cardiff. The theme of the conference is Politics of Our Times: Asking the Difficult Questions. We are hosting two panels at the conference this year, both of which engage with challenging debates and difficult questions regarding the future of environmental politics. The details of the panels are as follows:

Panel 1: Public & Political Responses to Environmentalism

Wednesday 28th March, 9:00 – 10:30

Room 1.28, Law & Politics Building

Panel Members:

  • Ms Anna Wienhues (University of Manchester) The Half-Earth Proposal: Necessary For Just Conservation?
  • Dr Paul Tobin (University of Manchester) Conceptualising the ‘policy dismantling’ of European environmental policy during economic crisis
  • Mr Mitya Pearson (King’s College London) The Challenges of the Green Party in Britain
  • Professor Rhys Andrews (Cardiff University) Factors influencing citizens’ co-production of environmental services: evidence from Wales.

Panel Chair: Dr. Shashi van de Graaff

This panel explores differences in public and political responses to environmentalism. Wienhues examines the Half-Earth proposal as a radical response to reducing the demands of humans on a finite planet. Alonso et al. draw upon a national survey of nearly 6000 Welsh citizens in order to examine whether socio-economic factors and attitudes are related to people’s pro-environmental behaviour. Burns et al. examine recent European environmental policy develop in order to provide a deep yet holistic understanding of the nature of policy change in this area since the start of the 2008 economic crisis. Finally, Pearson provides an assessment of the challenges that the British Green Party currently faces and assesses its strategic options going forward. Each of these papers offers a unique approach to analysing and understanding how different actors, such as the state, political parties, and individuals, are responding to environmental issues.

Panel 2: Environmentalism & Climate Change: Framing the debate

Wednesday 28th March, 11:00 – 12:30

Room B, City Hall

Panel Members:

  • Ms Joanna Wilson (University of Manchester) Lifting the veil on Gender in Global Climate Governance
  • Dr James Wong (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) Framing Environmentalism: Government Campaigns and the Individualization of Environmental Movements
  • Dr Brenda McNally (Dublin City University) Climate Change and Political Engagement: problematising Irish press discourse on decarbonisation
  • Benjamin Abraham (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford) Environmental worldviews and the transnationalisation of climate change governance

Panel Chair: Dr. Ashley Dodsworth

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.

Social Media (#PSA18)

In the leadup to the conference and throughout the event, we will be engaging with members via social media, using our twitter account (@psaenvironment) and the hashtag #PSA18. This is a quick & easy way to stay in touch with our conference news and events, and you can engage with the debates throughout the conference. So get typing!

Related Panels

In addition to our two PSA Environment sponsored panels, there are other panels taking place at the conference that engage with issues of environmental politics & policy that you can attend as well. These are listed below:

Economic, Migration and Environmental Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Germany in a European and Global Context

Monday 26th March, 16:15 – 17:45

Room K, City Hall

Panel Chair:

  • Dr Josefin Graef (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

Panel Members:

  • Professor Lothar Funk (Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences)
  • Dr Helen Williams (University of Nottingham)
  • Professor Rudi Wurzel (University of Hull)
  • Dr Arndt Leininger (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)

This panel focuses on major political challenges and opportunities facing Germany in the areas of economic, migration and environmental policy. The papers critically assess and question some long-held attitudes towards these policies in a European and global context, offering new conceptual lenses and empirical findings. They focus not only on the German domestic level but also provide a critical assessment of core German economic, migration and environmental policy issues within a wider European context.

Framing the Future of Environmental Debates

Wednesday 28th March, 13:30 – 15:00

Room 1.28, Law & Politics Building

Panel Members:

  • Mr Zack Grant (University of Oxford)
  • Miss Heather Alberro (Nottingham Trent University )
  • Jared Finnegan (London School of Economics)
  • Mr Nick Kirsop-Taylor (University of Exeter)


Keep an eye out for more details to come on our website, twitter, and emailing list on our AGM & social event. We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!