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CfP: Justice and values in the climate transition

Workshop: Justice and values in the climate transition Date: July 4th-5th 2022 Submissions Deadline: April 15th Organizer: Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)  Confirmed keynote: Prof. Henrik Thorén (Lund University) Format of workshop: in person, some spots for hybrid sessions (see below) Increasingly, communities, cities, and economies face the need to not only mitigate, but also adapt to climate change. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change are complex and multifarious efforts, involving profound transformations in critical infrastructure systems, social behaviors, and values, and governance systems, as currently captured with umbrella terms such as, respectively, the “energy transition” and “resilience-building”. At present, there is abundant research on the economic and technical aspects of these endeavors. However, despite an increasing interest in the public acceptability and justice of the measures and policies involved in these contexts[1], how to understand and include social values and justice in these transformative programs is a topic that is only starting to be analyzed in-depth (Schlosberg 2012; Bulkeley et al. 2014; Shi et al. 2016; Meerow et al. 2019; Táíwò 2021; Cañizares et al. forthcoming; Olsson et al. forthcoming). This workshop is an invitation to contribute to the exciting challenge of imagining how our climate transitions can be just –and what challenges they face in this regard. We propose to address this topic with one conference session followed by a discussion. For this workshop, we ask for contributions that offer philosophical insights about specific challenges for justice and morality in the climate transition, especially if they are based on interdisciplinary work and practice. In particular, we strongly welcome articles discussing the appropriate embedding of values and justice concerns in various aspects of climate action (models and discourses in climate economics and other climate-related science, energy future scenarios, adaptation models, resilience-building policies and plans, and education about climate change and energy). For example: Should forward-looking considerations of distributive justice dominate work on climate justice, or is there room for other perspectives, such as procedural justice or backward-looking concerns about e.g. reparations? In which ways can these distinct justice concerns complement or be at odds with one another?Assuming that the climate transition require a radical revision of social values, how can values change guide, but also obstruct, public discourse or policy development in this context?What normative assumptions in climate economics and climate modelling are problematic from a moral or justice standpoint?Is energy justice possible at all in a post-fossile scenario, or in a scenario of energy descent?What are the main challenges for justice in current initiatives and programs for building climate resilience?Which theories of justice are more suitable for guiding modelling, plans and policy-making in climate adaptation?Challenges for climate justice in a context of fragmented, polycentric and global governance.How can we integrate natural, technical and social perspectives in education about climate change? Can we identify assumptions or tendencies that currently hinder the prospects of integrated education that seems needed in this domain? * Submission details. Please submit your abstract to, in response to this email. The deadline for submissions is April 15th. We strongly encourage in-person participation, but there will likely be some spots for hybrid sessions in the program for a limited number of participants. We will know if we can accommodate a hybrid presentation only after we assess all submissions. Please do indicate in your submission if you can only present online, so that we do not fail to take this into consideration when scheduling the successful abstracts. References Bulkeley, H., Edwards, G. A. S., & Fuller, S. (2014). Contesting climate justice in the city: Examining politics and practice in urban climate change experiments. Global Environmental Change, 25, 31-40. Cañizares, J. C., Copeland, S. M., & Doorn, N. (forthcoming). Embedding justice considerations in climate adaptation and resilience building.  Meerow, S., Pajouhesh, P., & Miller, T. R. (2019). Social equity in urban resilience planning. Local Environment, 24(9), 793-808. Olsson, L., Thorén, H., Harnesk, D., & Persson, J. (forthcoming). Ethics of probabilistic extreme event attribution in climate change science: a critique. Shi, L., Chu, E., Anguelovski, I., Aylett, A., Debats, J., Goh, K., Schenk, T., Seto, K. C., Dodman, D., Roberts, D., Roberts, J. T., & VanDeveer, S. D. (2016). Roadmap towards justice in urban climate adaptation research. Nature Climate Change, 6(2), 131-137. Schlosberg, D. (2012). Climate Justice and Capabilities: A Framework for Adaptation Policy. Ethics & International Affairs, 26. Táíwò, O. O. (2022). Reconsidering Reparations: Worldmaking in the Case of Climate Crisis. Oxford University Press.
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Project 1: Responsibility in Resilience for Climate Change Adaptation

Researcher: Sara Vermeulen Supervisors: Udo Pesch and Neelke Doorn Due to climate change, there has been an increasing risk of extreme weather events over the last decades, such as heavy rainfall, severe droughts and sudden storms. This can lead to desertification, erosion, water scarcity, flooding, crop failure, food shortage and, as a result, destabilize societies.  Under the header of resilience, citizens are increasingly expected to take responsibility and to transform their own community into a climate resilient living environment. However, this gives rise to pressing ethical questions that have not yet been addressed in the academic literature. Hardly any ethical research has been done to explore what actually constitutes a resilient society, what responsibility arrangements between public and private actors are needed to achieve it, and under what conditions this is ethically acceptable. Moreover, methods for assessing the effectiveness of these arrangements and for making a time-dependent assessment of ethically relevant impacts are lacking. This PhD research project is about responsibilities in resilience for climate change adaptation. The aim of the overall Vidi project is to develop an ethical theory to assess to what extent these responsibilities can be distributed in a way that is ethically acceptable, fair, socially just, and effective.

Project 2: Agent-Based Modelling of Resilience

Researcher: Aashis Joshi Supervisors: Emile Chappin and Neelke Doorn This project will focus on developing multi-actor systems models and a modelling framework to capture the societal context and processes of climate adaptation, and evaluate their effects on different societal actors in terms of resilience and justice. I will use agent-based modelling to represent climate change impacts in social systems and the adaptive actions that different actors are able to take given their circumstances, with the aim to trace out their co-evolving consequences for peoples’ well-being. A key interest is to identify the types of responsibility arrangements among differentially-capable societal actors that are fair, justified, and effective in fostering resilience and social justice in different adaptation contexts. In addition, we also seek to uncover the patterns of societal conditions that are likely to be conducive to the emergence and sustenance of resilient and just responsibility arrangements.

Water and Resilience

Towards fair and effective responses to climate change

Water and Resilience

Climate change asks for measures to reduce climate change but also measures to cope with and adapt to ongoing climate change. In recent years, resilience has emerged as one of the leading paradigms for adaptation policy. For instance, in the European Union, resilience is put forward as the best way to implement climate adaptation. Borrowing from ecology, the term resilience in this context is often linked to the ability of system to recover and adapt after a change. But what does it actually mean for a societal system to be resilient?.

Cities and communities as locus of resilience

This project focuses on the resilience of cities and communities, especially in relation to climate change. Policy aimed at strengthening the resilience of cities or communities often involves new roles or responsibilities for citizens. They may for example be expected to reduce the use of scarce water resources or to contribute to the ‘greening’ of their neighborhood. However, is everyone capable of doing this?

If a resilient city involves individual citizens having to do more while the government withdraws, this could result in undesirable inequalities between communities that are well-organized and communities that lack the social cohesion and self-organization to make their community a resilient one. The project combines philosophical analysis with qualitative methods and modelling tools to investigate under what conditions resilience and climate adaption policies are likely to be effective and socially just.