Accountability in Global Environmental Governance

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December 2015 9.00 - 5.00PM

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Sutherland Room, Holme Building, Univeristy of Sydney



The School of Social and Political Sciences and the Department of Government and International Relations

Understanding accountability’s place in climate change.

Hosted by the Sydney Environment Institute, the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Department of Government and International Relations, this workshop is the third in our series that bring together scholars from all over the world to apply a coherent theoretical conception of accountability across the various levels, scales, issues, and actors that comprise global environmental governance.

The workshop addresses the paradox of a growth of accountability mechanisms in environmental governance that has not translated into enhanced responsiveness to stakeholders or more effective environmental action.  We argue that accountability is always a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.  Actors from public private and voluntary sectors devise accountability mechanisms that correspond with their particular ends which may or may not prioritize the environment as a leading normative principle.  This helps explain why more accountability in environmental governance does not necessarily correlate with desired environmental outcomes.  Workshop participants examine this paradox in the governance of water, forests, climate change, and biodiversity as well as examining the role of environmental actors such as states, nongovernment organisations, corporations and international organisations in designing and upholding accountability.

For further information, please contact Abi Taylor in the Department of Government and International Relations: Abigail.taylor@sydney.edu.au