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BISA Environment Working Group- ‘Climate Emergency: The UK Presidency of COP26’

The UK is to preside over COP26 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Glasgow during November 2020 (the presidency is held jointly with Italy that will host a pre-Cop and other events).

This provides a critical opportunity for scholars and practitioners to consider the UK’s role within a wider international and environmental context.

It is proposed that a conference will be held at Keele University, Staffordshire, with a provisional date of Wednesday 2 September 2020. Details will be confirmed this spring. 

It is anticipated that this will lead to a journal special issue or edited volume.

Policy or theoretically oriented contributions are sought that might cover the kind of topics indicated in the following illustrative, but hardly exhaustive, list:

  • The political role and challenges of the COP presidency related to what we know of the operation of the effective French presidency prior to the Paris Agreement of 2015. COP26 is widely regarded as the most significant meeting since Paris because it will be the point at which full implementation of the Agreement will occur.
  • Consideration of how the ‘ratchet’ mechanism of the Agreement will operate in terms of the encouragement of the first new set of NDCs.
  • Adaptation and ‘loss and damage’ issues often poorly represented alongside a developed world fixation on greenhouse gas mitigation.
  • The implications of non-governmental participation and action.
  • Co-ordination of climate-related activity of international bodies beyond the remit of the UNFCCC.
  • The impact of shifting scientific knowledge and public perceptions on the international politics of climate change with reference to the preceding IPCC reports and political phenomena such as the Extinction Rebellion movement.
  • The implications of structural and regime change in the wider international political system within which the COP is embedded.

There are also important, specifically British issues arising from the intention of the UK Government to use this opportunity to emphasise the independent role of the UK as a ‘global player’ in the aftermath of Brexit.

  • The organisation and deployment of UK diplomatic resources in support of the COP Presidency.
  • The problems of independence after so many years of operating within the extensive climate policy competences of the European Union.
  • The demonstrative use of UK commitments under the Climate Change Act of 2008 and its net zero by 2050 pledge.
  • The evident refusal of the US government to countenance any discussion of climate issues in the negotiation of future trade agreements and the dilemmas arising from navigating between EU and US positions.
  • The role of the devolved administration in Scotland, which will naturally be involved with supporting such a very large international gathering in Glasgow.
A keynote lecture will be given by Professor John Vogler, Keele University.
The deadline for abstracts is Monday 2 March 2020. Please can abstracts be sent to
Kind regards, BISA Environment Working Group

PSA Annual International Conference 2020: Re-Imagining Politics – Submissions for environmental politics papers & panels now open!

As many of you may already be aware, the 2020 PSA annual international conference will be held in Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre and Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, from April 6th – 8th!
See the PSA’s main conference page for further details !
As such, we are pleased to announce that we are now welcoming submissions on proposed environmental politics papers & panels, ideally those relating to the core conference theme
Please send your submissions to our email:
We look forward to receiving and reviewing your submissions!

PSA Environment 2019 Workshop

We are pleased to announce that this year’s workshop, ‘Activism and Academia in the Age of Environmental Breakdown‘, will be hosted at Nottingham Trent University on Friday, September 20th from 10:00 – 16:30!
Featured panels will include ‘Critical Perspectives on Extinction Rebellion’, ‘Youth Activism & Public Opinion’, and ‘Mainstream Environmental NGO Responses and Adaptations to Anthropocene Crises’
The day will end with a roundtable discussion featuring cross-disciplinary perspectives on visions for a more socio-ecologically resilient future.
If you would like to submit a workshop/paper proposal for one of the above panel themes, please email us ( 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.
The 70th annual PSA conference will take place from 15-17 March 2020, in Edinburgh! More details, including calls for PSA Environment papers and panels, will be released nearer the date