PSA Environment 2019 Workshop:

If you would like to submit a workshop/paper proposal for one of the above panel themes, please email us (psa.environment@gmail.com) with your information and a short abstract!  

Lunch as well as coffee and snacks will be provided, and limited funding for covering travel costs is available.

PSA Environment Conference Panels 

With just under 2 weeks to go until the PSA Annual Conference 2019 kicks off in Nottingham, the details of the conference timetable have now been finalised. We have four PSA Environment sponsored panels this year, in addition to a number of other conference panels taking place on environmental politics. The details of these are listed below. We strongly encourage all prospective and existing members of the PSA Environmental Politics Specialist Group to attend our AGM at 12:30-13:30 on Tuesday 16th April in room N28 Newton/Arkwright Building! Anyone with an interest in environmental politics is welcome to attend our AGM, where we will be reviewing the group’s activities over the past year, introducing our new convenor team, and seeking member views on activities for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing you there!

PSA Environment Panels

Panel 1: New Advances in the Study of Pro-Environmental Behaviour Change

Monday 15th April, 14:45 – 16:15, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building

  • Roger Tyers (University of Southampton) Migration and behaviour change: can green norms cross borders?
  • Sally Russell (University of Leeds) Examining the role of emotion as a driver of pro-environmental behaviour
  • Clare Saunders, Fiona Hackney, Joanie Willett, Irene Griffin, Katie Hill and Anya Barbieri (Universities of Exeter and Wolverhampton) Designing a sensibility for sustainable clothing: the role of craft in encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change
  • Milena Buchs and Matthew Hogarth (University of Leeds) Carbon reduction behaviours – spill over from work to home?
  • Dan Bloomfield, Clare Saunders and Luci Isaacson (University of Exeter) Carbon pledging: Eight years on

Panel 2: Radical Environmental Politics for the Anthropocene

Monday 15th April, 16:30 – 18:00, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building

  • Dr Kevin Love and Heather Alberro (Nottingham Trent University) Resisting Biological Annihilation: The Politics of Loss
  • James McIntyre (Loughborough University) Saving the World by Taking it Easy: On the Utopian Convergence of Post-Work Politics and Radical Ecology
  • Heather Alberro (Nottingham Trent University) Towards a Cosmo-Politics? A Critical Analysis of the Nonhuman ‘Other’ in Ecotopian Socio-Political Formations
  • Dr. Marit Hammond (Keele University) Green Political Theory in the Anthropocene: Governing the Ungraspable
  • Scott Leatham (De Montfort University) The Spectacle of Sustainability in the Post-Ecological Era: A Discourse-Theoretical Critique of Green Consumerism

Panel 3: Are We All Environmentalists Now? The influence of environmentalism on individual and state-based actors

Tuesday 16th April, 9:30 – 11:00, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building

  • Dr. Ben Clements (University of Leicester) and Professor Neil Carter (University of York) Greener and Greener? A long-term perspective on the British public and environmental issues
  • Professor Charlotte Burns (University of Sheffield), Dr. Peter Eckersley (Nottingham Trent University), and Dr. Paul Tobin (University of Manchester) Policy dismantling in a multilevel context: the case of environmental protection in the EU
  • Matthew Lockwood (University of Exeter) Credible carbon commitment: Majoritarian and proportional visions
  • Dr. Paul Tobin (University of Manchester) The Carbon Neutral State: Reconceptualising the Green State towards climate mitigation
  • Professor Elizabeth Bomberg (University of Edinburgh) Everyday Environmentalism and Faith Based Groups: The Case of Eco-Congregations

Environmental Politics AGM: Tuesday 16th April, 12:30 – 13:30, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building – all welcome!

Panel 4: Post-Soviet Environmental and Climate Politics

Tuesday 16th April, 13:30 – 15:00, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building

  • Dr Ellie Martus (University of Warwick) Environmental State Capacity in Eurasia
  • Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya (Nottingham Trent University), Dr Natasha Danilova (University of Aberdeen) Understanding climate change narratives in Central Asia
  • Dr Olga Khrushcheva (Manchester Metropolitan University), Critical evaluation of the RES support mechanism in Russia

Other panels relating to Environmental Politics

  • Monday 15th April, 9:30 – 11:00, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building: Sustainability: Theories and Discourses
  • Monday 15th April, 13:30 – 14:30, Lecture Theatre 3, Plenary: Can Environmental Institutions Still be Leaders in Times of Uncertainty? Panellists: Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Dr Marit Hammond (Co-convenor, PSA Environmental Politics Specialist Group and Keele University), Corli Pretorius (UN Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and Kirsty Schneeberger
  • Tuesday 16th April, 13:30 – 15:00, N26A Newton/Arkwright Building: National Environmental Politics
  • Tuesday 16th April 15:15 – 16:45, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building: Re-thinking ‘the Political’ in the Era of Climate Change
  • Wednesday 17th April, 9:00 – 10:30, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building: Sustainability in National Politics and the Global Economy
  • Wednesday 17th April, 13:30 – 15:00, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building: Environmental Governance and Unsustainable politics
  • Wednesday 17th April, 15:15 – 16:45, N28 Newton/Arkwright Building: Theorising Environmental Politics and Evaluating Risks

Call for Papers: Climate Policy

We invite submissions to a Special Issue entitled: Climate Policy in Fragmented Political Environments—Transformative Governance Interactions at Multiple Levels.

Climate policy is a problem of collective action par excellence. As such, questions abound over at which governance level it is best to take action for climate mitigation, and how climate change adaptation at the local level can be managed at different governance levels to avoid unintended spill-overs into other localities and/or policy sectors. Against this background, there is a parallel question, which concerns transitions and which reveals whether climate policy merely seeks to intervene in current economic and social systems or whether it seeks innovative approaches to transform the very basis of these systems. In this context, this Special Issue seeks empirical and theoretical papers on climate mitigation or adaptation policy that broadly addresses questions of transition stimulated or hampered by climate policy. Specifically, papers should address one or more of the following questions: 1) How do different governance levels impact upon the design and effectiveness of climate policy; 2) What constellations of policy actors occur at and across different policy levels and how do these constellations affect policy making and/or implementation; and 3) are some governance levels more suited to addressing specific aspects of climate policy including more transformative approaches, and if so, why/how? Papers can chose to predominantly focus on one governance level as the unit of analysis, but must consider this level in the context of interaction with activities at higher and/or lower governance levels.

Intially we invite the submission of 300 word abstarcts by 22 Febrary 2019. We will inform authors as to whether we would like them to submit articles to the Special Issue by 15 March. Full papers of around 8000 words will need to be submitted for review by 1 September 2019.

Abstracts should be sent to: d.j.russel [at] Exeter [dot] ac [dot] uk.  The deadline for final papers of around 8000 words is 1st September 2019. Full papers must be submitted via the Sustainability portal: https://www.mdpi.com/

Sustainability is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings.

Please be aware that if you wish to submit a paper the open access nature of the journal means that there is an article processes charge  of 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs).

For more details on the special please follow this weblink: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/climate_policy_fragmented_political_environments

Conference Panels Announced!

We are thrilled to announce that we have had 4 panels accepted for the PSA Annual Conference in Nottingham next year. Details of the panels are included below. Congratulations to all the authors! We will announce the times and locations of the panels when they are confirmed closer to the conference date. Registration for the conference is now open, and early bird rates are available until Monday 28 January. See the PSA website here for more details on how to register.

In addition to our panels, we will also be holding our AGM and our annual social event at the conference in Nottingham. More information about these events will be published on our website closer to the conference date.

Further details on our panels and papers are below:

Post-Soviet Environmental and Climate Politics

The post-Soviet Eurasian space is of huge regional and global environmental significance, and yet the region is often overlooked within the environmental politics literature. This panel will explore some of the key challenges facing the region, highlighting important themes such as policy development and decision-making, public awareness of environmental issues, and institution building. The papers reflect the diversity of new research being conducted on post-Soviet Eurasia, including climate narratives in Central Asia, renewable energy development in Russia, and environmental state capacity in Russia and Georgia.

The papers included in this panel are:

  • Dr Ellie Martus (University of Warwick) Environmental State Capacity in Eurasia
  • Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya (Nottingham Trent University), Dr Natasha Danilova (University of Aberdeen) Understanding climate change narratives in Central Asia
  • Dr Olga Khrushcheva (Manchester Metropolitan University), Critical evaluation of the RES support mechanism in Russia

Are We All Environmentalists Now? The influence of environmentalism on individual and state-based actors

This panel examines the extent to which environmentalism continues to influence public opinion and political decision-making. In doing so, it highlights the ongoing salience of environmental ideas within an individual, state, and multi-level context, but also the need to update our understanding of pro-environmental behaviour within the current political climate. Clements and Carter begin the discussion by examining how British public opinion on environmentalism has changed over time, and the influence that this has had on political behaviour and government decision-making. Leatham then analyses the liberation of the environmentally-concerned individual through their constitution as consumers, and the extent to which this will actually contribute to improving global sustainability. Burns, Eckersley and Tobin examine environmental policy change within a multi-level context, and consider why there is a surprisingly limited number of examples within the EU of environmental policy being ‘dismantled’. Lockwood examines the way in which governments can convince actors of the credibility of their climate mitigation policies, by examining the carbon budget setting process in the UK and Energy Agreements in Denmark. Finally, Tobin introduces the concept of a ‘Carbon Neutral State’ as a new descriptive and analytical tool for examining states’ ambitions towards climate change. The discussions in this panel have implications for policy-makers who seek to understand why environmental action is or isn’t working, and what can be done about this.

The papers included in this panel are:

  • Dr. Ben Clements (University of Leicester) and Professor Neil Carter (University of York) Greener and Greener? A long-term perspective on the British public and environmental issues
  • Scott Leatham (De Montfort University) The Spectacle of Sustainability in the Post-Ecological Era: A Political-Ecological Critique of Green Consumerism
  • Professor Charlotte Burns (University of Sheffield), Dr. Peter Eckersley (Nottingham Trent University), and Dr. Paul Tobin (University of Manchester) Policy dismantling in a multilevel context: the case of environmental protection in the EU
  • Matthew Lockwood (University of Exeter) Credible carbon commitment: Majoritarian and proportional visions
  • Dr. Paul Tobin (University of Manchester) The Carbon Neutral State: Reconceptualising the Green State towards climate mitigation

New Advances in the Study of Pro-Environmental Behaviour Change

No one is in doubt that current consumer practices are environmentally unsustainable in terms of carbon emissions, resource use, waste and pollution. There is also some agreement that consumers themselves should be at least partly responsible for redressing this. Much existing research on behaviour change has focused on attitudes and cognitive models, or has drawn on social practice theory. Together, these prominent approaches have resulted in DEFRA’s Framework for Sustainable Lifestyles. This posits the need to enable, encourage, exemplify and engage (the four Es)consumers and citizens to change their behaviour. But exactly how can consumers and citizens be enabled, encouraged, exemplified and engaged to adopt pro-environmental behaviour? What evidence is there that these four Es actually work? Moreover, are there other important drivers of pro-environmental behaviour?

This panel brings together papers that provide fresh insights into the mechanisms of pro-environmental behaviour change. In particular, it seeks to assess different strategies for encouraging and assessing pro-environmental behaviour change using novel methodologies and / or fields of inquiry. The panel is motivated to explore mechanisms that might determine the success of the four Es such as emotions, meaning and affect; as well as strategies for assimilating pro-environmental behaviour changes in the work place or at critical junctures in the life course. Our panel has important implications for policy-makers in showing how positive and meaningful emotions and affect can promote pro-environmental behaviour; and in suggesting that community spaces, the work place and university – or other sites where behaviours can be shared among peers – are potentially fruitful vehicles for such change.

The papers included in this panel are:

  • Roger Tyers (University of Southampton) Migration and behaviour change: can green norms cross borders?
  • Sally Russell (University of Leeds) Examining the role of emotion as a driver of pro-environmental behaviour
  • Clare Saunders, Fiona Hackney, Joanie Willett, Irene Griffin, Katie Hill and Anya Barbieri (Universities of Exeter and Wolverhampton) Designing a sensibility for sustainable clothing: the role of craft in encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change
  • Milena Buchs and Matthew Hogarth (University of Leeds) Carbon reduction behaviours – spill over from work to home?
  • Dan Bloomfield, Clare Saunders and Luci Isaacson (University of Exeter) Carbon pledging: Eight years on

Radical Environmental Politics for the Anthropocene

During these precarious and rapidly shifting times, among the most pressing concerns are the mounting ecological crises such as increasing climatic perturbations, ubiquitous plastic pollution, toxification, rampant deforestation, and crucially, the systematic eradication of our planet’s biotic life via the sixth mass extinction that characterize the Anthropocene. The myriad deficiencies of this era of a humanity-turned-geological-force (though the word ‘humanity’ undoubtedly conceals a wealth of differential culpability for the present era across historical, geographical, and socioeconomic lines) have also paradoxically revealed the myth that is human exceptionalism by unveiling the power and agentic capacities of non-human actants in the form of super storms, phytoplankton, and tropical diseases such as zika. Human activity, largely in the form of ceaseless-growth-oriented socioeconomic trajectories, has undermined the material foundations of its own wellbeing as well as that of other species and the biosphere at large. The same logics of ceaseless growth and profit maximization above all else have resulted in grotesque socioeconomic inequities wherein a mere 42 individuals possess more wealth than half the world. Increasingly, the answer as to whether or not present political and socioeconomic institutions and practices are sustainable is a resounding ‘no’. It is of the essence, both existentially and ethically, that we explore and critically assess radically new modes of socioeconomic development, organization, and approaches to the ethico-political that are equitable, ecologically resilient and, crucially, incorporate more-than-human actants as valued members of a shared ‘cosmopolitics’. The papers featured on this panel in varying ways attempt to think through such vital endeavours, in the hopes of moving ever closer to a more resilient socio-ecological order that as of yet remains a very real possibility.

The papers included in this panel are:

  • Dr Kevin Love and Heather Alberro (Nottingham Trent University) Resisting Biological Annihilation: The Politics of Loss
  • James McIntyre (Loughborough University) Saving the World by Taking it Easy: On the Utopian Convergence of Post-Work Politics and Radical Ecology
  • Heather Alberro (Nottingham Trent University) Towards a Cosmo-Politics? A Critical Analysis of the Nonhuman ‘Other’ in Ecotopian Socio-Political Formations
  • Dr. Marit Hammond (Keele University) Green Political Theory in the Anthropocene: Governing the Ungraspable

Panel on Labour-Environmentalism

Are you interested in labour movements and environmentalism? One of our members is looking for paper submissions for a potential PSA Conference panel on the theme of labour-environmentalism. Further details on the proposed panel are below. If you are interested in submitting a paper for this panel, please contact Ewan Kerr at ewan.kerr [at] gcu [dot] ac [dot] uk.

“This proposed panel seeks contributions on the theme of labour-environmentalism. We are particularly interested in empirical and theoretical contributions which examine the trade union and wider labour movement’s engagement with environmental politics.   Other themes may include case studies of movement coalitions, green jobs and just transitions, and local/national/international trade union strategies to resolve potential conflicts between environmental, industrial and political objectives.  In reflecting upon these intersections between labour movement studies and environmental politics, this panel will assess the strengths, weaknesses and tensions of a working-class environmental agency from an explicitly political perspective.”

ECR Bursaries & Conference Submissions

Important announcements below!

ECR Bursaries

Following on from our announcement of our upcoming event on The Future We Want: Shaping Environmental Politics (see here for more details, and you can register for the event here), we are pleased to offer 3x £100 ECR bursaries to help early career researchers attend the event. Please get in touch with us at psa.environment [at] gmail [dot] com for further details if you are interested in applying for a bursary.

PSA Conference 2019 Paper & Panel Submissions

This is the last week for you to submit your paper & panel submissions for the PSA Annual Conference in Nottingham in April 2019! Submissions are due by Friday 5th October. We have received several questions about the process for submitting your proposals given that the PSA is switching to the new Ex Ordo system this year. Can you please send your paper and panel submissions directly to psa.environment [at] gmail [dot] com if you would like to be a part of a PSA Environment panel. We will then upload our panel submissions to Ex Ordo. Please do get in touch if you have any further questions about this process. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The Future We Want: Shaping Environmental Politics

We are excited to announce our next PSA Environment event will take place on Friday 26th October in London! Co-hosted by the Green House Think Tank, we are hosting a networking event for policymakers, academics and environmental NGOs to discuss environmental policy-making in a shifting political landscape. The event will include:

  • A keynote speech from Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party
  • Roundtable discussions hosted by environmental think tanks Green House, the Foundation Democracy and Sustainable Development, and Policy Connect
  • An opportunity to network with participants during lunch
  • Training on how to make your work more impactful, facilitated by an associate of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

To register your attendance, please access the Eventbrite link here. For any questions, please contact us at psa.environment [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Environmental Think Tank Wanted!

We are looking for an environmentally-focused think-tank to partner with us in hosting an ambitious and outward-facing workshop that brings academics into dialogue with policy-makers, political influencers, and NGOs to discuss the way in which environmental issues are framed and policies decided within the changing UK political landscape. The role of the think tank would be primarily to co-host the event, and help to encourage participation from a range of stakeholders with an environmental interest, broadly conceived. There will also be scope to help shape the scope of the programme and nature of the activities involved if interested, as well as promote your oragnisation’s purpose and activities to the workshop participants.

Further details about our plans for the workshop are available on request. If you are interested in hosting an event with us, please get in touch at psa.environment [at] gmail [dot] com!