On February 1st 2011 the research training group “Climate Change and Democracy” took up its work at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI). Four PhD scholarships, each running for three years the most, are awarded to young researchers.
The impacts of climate change threaten the very foundations of liberal democracies. Thus, the question has to be raised as to how far democracies are capable of developing effective measures to avoid dangerous climate change and to implement powerful disaster control mechanisms. Without a new political culture of civic participation, democracy itself threatens to be seriously damaged in the light of these severe challenges. Furthermore, new rules and instruments of global governance are needed, which also recognise the diverging cultural perceptions and attitudes towards the worldwide phenomenon of climate change.
The research training group intervenes in theoretical and empirical democracy research while particularly focusing on a yet sparsely investigated domain, the legitimacy and performance of national and supranational climate policy. In this context, the following topics will be especially dealt with:
Climate and Culture
Climate and Culture picks up on existing areas of research at KWI, which are also studying factors crucial to the perception of and response to the consequences of climate change, including issues of social responsibility, cultural memory and intercultural differences.
Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)
|Language:||Study in English|
|Institution:||University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR):
Ruhr-University of Bochum, the Technical
University of Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen
|Location:||Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)