How do states respond to the challenge of climate governance? This question has important practical policy implications but also suggests unexplored conceptual terrain. From a practical point of view, the Paris Agreement has anointed ‘nationally determined contributions’ – those emerging from national circumstances and politics – as the centrepiece of the global collective response to climate change. As this formulation suggests, the centre of gravity of the global climate response has shifted to national and sub-national scales. Yet, there is relatively little understanding of how states organize themselves internally to put together their national contributions, the forces that act on the determination of those contributions, and the factors that shape implementation possibilities. This talk will share preliminary insights from the “Varieties of Climate Governance” project, which seeks to shed light on this question through eight comparative country case studies.
Navroz K Dubash is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, a New Delhi based think-tank. He has been actively engaged in global and national debates on climate change, air quality, energy and water as a researcher, policy advisor and activist for over 25 years.
Navroz is a Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on policies and institutions for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, serves on the UNEP GAP Report Steering Committee, and has been has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019. He has worked to inform and advise Indian government policy-making on climate change, energy, and air and water policy over the last decade, including serving on the committee on a Long Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India. In the early 1990s, he helped establish the global Climate Action Network as its first international coordinator.
He has written two books, edited ten volumes, and published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. Most recently, he edited India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development, and Mapping Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in India’s States, both with OUP. In 2015 he was conferred the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance, and in 2018 his co-authored paper on interpreting model scenarios was awarded the Emerging Nations Award by Environmental Research Letters.