Climate, Energy and Environment

Our world is transgressing several of the “planetary boundaries” that provide a safe operating space for humanity, threatening the functioning of ecosystems and triggering potentially destructive climate change. Yet, questions of climate change, energy and the environment have still not permeated mainstream academic approaches to political science and international relations.

At GIES, we aim to better understand the ways in which these interlinked challenges are dealt with across various political systems, how they interact with other pressing issues (such as social justice, trade, and ‘development’), and the political faultlines that they create or exacerbate at both the domestic and international levels.

One specific area we focus on is the global politics of the energy transition and decarbonization. A second area concerns the nexuses in the EU’s external relations between climate change and environmental policy, on the one hand, and trade and development policies, on the other hand.