Call for Applications – Book Chapter Contributions from Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Strengthening European climate policy: Governance recommendations from innovative interdisciplinary collaborations
The EU has outlined ambitions to be the first climate-neutral continent, with multiple strategies, initiatives, and directives being developed to support this. The EU Green Deal provides a roadmap for achieving the EU’s climate-neutrality ambition, outlining priority areas of action related to energy. The EU is enforcing a reduction of 55% of their greenhouse gas emissions reductions (GHG) by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels), calling for more ambitious reduction strategies along this path. The achievement of these ambitions requires a complete transformation in the ways in which societies work, operate, mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
The SSH CENTRE is funding 10 interdisciplinary collaborative teams, up to €7,500, to develop a headline policy recommendation related to EU energy policy. To support these interdisciplinary partnerships, each collaborative team will have 2 joint-corresponding authors, one from SSH and one from STEM. Each team will need to write a book chapter of around 3,000 words (including the reference list), which substantiates their policy recommendation.
The funded collaborative work that underlies the recommendation and the chapter’s discussion is intentionally flexible. The only requirements are that 1) the activities (and associated policy recommendation) use interdisciplinary insights spanning SSH and STEM, and 2) the policy recommendation moves beyond simply highlighting a failure which needs to be addressed. As such, recommendations may act as the starting point for further research, or highlight the priority dialogues which need to occur.
Policy recommendations both from a theoretical or applicable perspective are welcomed with a focus on, but not limited to:
- Urban transformations and climate neutrality: What does a climate-resilient city look like? How do we imagine a climate-just city?
- Taking inspiration from nature: How can SSH and STEM disciplines work together and help policy makers improve the effectiveness of nature-based solutions in urban adaptation?
- Living in a warmed world: How can we better adapt to the already happening climate impacts (flooding, droughts, heat waves, etc.) in both urban and rural areas?
- Adaptation and Loss and Damage within and outside the EU: How can the EU support countries in the Global South in becoming more climate resilient?
- Ensuring all voices are equally considered: How can the promise of “leaving no one behind” be implemented?
- Inclusive and participatory climate governance: How can citizen participation and alternative forms of governance be integrated at the local, national and international levels?
- Climate governance and the achievement of climate targets: How does the organisation of EU institutions impact climate governance in different locations?
- The promise of the circular economy: If and how can we promote circularity in materials, products, and services in supply chains?
- Planetary and social boundaries: How can we work towards living within planetary boundaries and taking into account human well-being at the same time?
- Ethics and how we “ought to” live: How can we promote climate ethics in the EU and beyond?
- Going beyond net-zero: How can “real zero emissions by 2050” be interpreted by mixed methods research? Establishing and meeting carbon budgets: How can we ensure that realistic carbon budgets are being set and that appropriate actions to remain within carbon budgets are undertaken?