International Workshop on “Enhancing Legitimacy in Polycentric Climate Governance: Opportunities and Challenges”

European University Institute, Florence, 19-20 May 2016

The European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, together with the political science departments of Lund University and Stockholm University, host an international workshop on legitimacy in polycentric climate governance. Two of the workshop organizers are Fariborz Zelli and Karin Bäckstrand, who are both affiliated with the CLIMENGO project. The workshop is financed by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action INOGOV, an international network of research excellence on ‘Innovations in Climate Governance’.

The workshop aims to bring together both established and early career scholars from a variety of disciplines that address questions of legitimacy and climate politics – including, but not limited to, international relations and political science, legal studies, economics, sociology and human geography. The purpose is to offer the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of legitimacy in an increasingly complex climate governance landscape. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Robert Keohane from Princeton University.

The workshop format allows for an intensive one-hour feedback for each submitted paper by a designated discussant and the other participants. As a major product of this workshop, a special issue is planned in a prestigious academic journal in the field of international relations and/or global environmental governance. A second outcome will be a policy brief in which the conveners will summarize workshop results, including on novel policy options for enhancing legitimacy in global climate governance.

Please note that the workshop call for abstracts is closed now. For further information on the workshop: