Donald Trump and Climate Change

A panel discussion on the incoming American president and the struggle against climate change

Date: Jan 26
Time: 18:30
Place: LUCSUS, Biskopsgatan 5, Wrangel

Poster (pdf)

On November 8 of last year the billionaire, developer, and reality-TV star Donald Trump won a contentious victory in the American election. In his campaign he called climate change a “hoax” and promised to pull out of the Paris Agreement, resuscitate a dying coal industry, open federal lands to gas and oil exploitation, and roll back emissions regulation. With majorities in both Senate and Houses of Representatives and a Republican Party that has in the last decade increasingly profiled itself as the party of climate change denial Trump is ostensibly well poised to make good on these promises. At the same time Donald Trump is an unconventional and inexperienced politician that surrounds himself with questionable advisors. He is a divisive figure that finds it easy to make enemies and has repeatedly been caught with outright lies, changes his mind on central policy positions quickly, and has proved to be highly impulsive. His relationship with his party is shaky at best and the fragile alliance could crumble at any moment. Trump enters the White House uniquely vulnerable. He is the most unpopular incoming American president there has ever been and he is burdened by possibly having benefitted from Russian interference with the election process, rumours of uncomfortably close ties to the Kreml, and an intricate and vast web of potential and actual conflicts of interest.

In this panel discussion we have gathered both local and international expertise to try to provide answers to some of the many questions that arise. What will Trump’s climate policies be? Will he be able to get them through congress? How will an isolationist and vengeful US affect the international climate negotiations? How much damage will Trump do nationally and internationally?

We cordially invite anyone interested in these and related questions to join us and our esteemed panel. In conjunction with the debate there will be a reception. Welcome!

The event is organised by LUCID and the panel consists of:

Emily Boyd is professor of Sustainability Studies and the director of the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS. She has worked at the the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, the University of Leeds, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her research interest include governance of climate change adaptation and links with international development, responses to climate risks and anticipatory governance and managing for resilience, Ecosystem services, poverty traps and participatory governance.

Arun Agrawal is professor of Political Science at Professor the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His research and teaching emphasize the politics of international development, institutional change, and environmental conservation. His recent interests include adaptation to climate change, urban adaptation, REDD+, and the decentralization of environmental governance. He coordinates the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network, and is currently carrying out research in central and east Africa and South Asia. He is the author of Greener Pastures and Environmentality, and his recent work has appeared in Science, PNAS, Conservation Biology, World Development, and Development and Change among other journals. In 2011-2014 he was Lead Author in the IPCC 5th Assessment WGII on ‘Livelihoods and Poverty’.

Charles ”Chuck” Hutchinson is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Arizona, Tucson where he was the Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment before retiring in 2012. His rich and varied career has included research, teaching, administration, working in the private sector, multiple national and international agencies and academia. He was serving NASA as Acting Director of the Applied Sciences Division during the George W. Bush administration.

Dana R. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and The Environment at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between environmentalism and democracy—most recently studying environmental stewardship and American climate politics. Dana is the author of National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (2004), Activism, Inc(2006), The Practice of Research (2013), and Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement(2015). Her research has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, various programs on National Public Radio, the ‘No Jargon Podcast’ of the Scholars Strategy Network, and in ‘The Collectors: Politcal Action’, a documentary short by FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films. She also writes occasionally for the Huffington Post.

Roger Hildingsson is a postdoctoral research fellow in environmental politics at the Dept of Political Science at Lund University. His research focuses on climate governance and decarbonisation politics, the environmental state and low-carbon transitions. In his PhD thesis he studied how the state can engage in the new politics of climate change to govern decarbonisation. He has also been involved in research on EU climate and energy policy and sustainability governance in Sweden. Currently he is engaged in research on new climate governance initiatives and industrial decarbonisation. His works are published in European Political Science, Futures, Climatic Change and at Edward Elgar, Cambridge University Press and Routledge.

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