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FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference - Polycentric Climate Governance after Paris: Expectations, Challenges and Pathways

Wann 12.04.2018 um 00:00 bis
14.04.2018 um 00:00
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminarraum
Kontakttelefon +49 (0)761 203-97362
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With the Paris Agreement, the international community has entered a new era of climate governance. One particularly important aspect is the crucial role that non-state actors will play in driving global climate action, thereby increasingly blurring the line between public and private climate governance. Polycentric climate governance is characterised by network structures, covering multi-stakeholder participation and epistemic expertise, which ideally lead to innovative policy outcomes. However, with more dispersed and dynamic constellations of authority, critical questions arise about the legitimacy and effectiveness of polycentric governance arrangements with non-state actors. The conference aims at gaining a deeper understanding of the extent to which polycentric climate governance can successfully address climate change challenges.


What to expect

The conference is designed in a way to encourage PhD and Post-Doc researchers to proactively engage with prominent senior researchers of their field. The workshop offers various possibilities for face-to-face interaction and discussions. By offering a diverse set of innovative methods of instruction and exchange, we aim for a conducive learning atmosphere that inspires novel perspectives and long-lasting networks. The workshop is organised in cooperation with the Early Career Investigators’ Network (ECIN) of the INOGOV Network. The official program will be accompanied by exciting side events, including a Science Slam and a guided tour through the city of Freiburg. Bringing together several leading senior scientists and ambitious young researchers, this event is sought to serve as the basis for further research exchange or collaboration. One immediate output will be a policy brief to be published in the INOGOV Policy Brief Series.



  • Submission of abstracts will be open until 31 October 2017
  • Notification of acceptance will be given in November 2017
  • Draft papers (max. 3000 words) will be due by February 2018
Organizing Committee
Dr. Sabine Reinecke (University of Freiburg)
Anne-Kathrin Weber (University of Freiburg)
Mareike Blum (University of Freiburg)
Jonas Schönefeld (Technische Universität Darmstadt / University of East Anglia)
Linda Wallbott (Technische Universität Darmstadt)


How to apply

Call for Papers (PDF Download)

Further information here