Two key books in environmental and climate politics

Wednesday 11 December 2013

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Sydney University Art Gallery



Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Aimed at analysing and stimulating debate on the current and future state of environmental and climate politics.

Sydney Environment Institute and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Australia has long been known for its environmental politics – movements, policy, and academic analysis. Four of the most well-known Australia-based academics of environmental politics, from the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, and Australian National University, will convene to discuss and celebrate two recent books aimed at analysing and stimulating debate on the current and future state of environmental and climate politics.

Climate-Challenged Society
John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and David Schlosberg

This book is an original, accessible, and thought-provoking introduction to the severe and broad-ranging challenges that climate change presents and how societies can
respond. It synthesizes and deploys cutting-edge scholarship on the range of social, economic, political, and philosophical issues surrounding climate change, and offers
coherent, integrative, and effective ways to move societies beyond their current paralysis.

Globalization and the Environment
Peter Christoff and Robyn Eckersley

This book by two leading scholars offers the first systematic analysis of the relationship between globalization and the environment from the early Modern period
to the present. Peter Christoff and Robyn Eckersley develop a broad conceptual framework for understanding the globalization of environmental problems and the
highly uneven, often faltering, international political response.

About the authors:

Dr Peter Christoff (Melbourne)
Peter teaches and researches climate politics and policy in the Department of Resource Management and Geography.
He is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation, and member of the Board of the Australian Conservation Foundation

Prof John Dryzek (ANU)
John works in both political theory and empirical social science, and is best known for his contributions in the areas of democratic theory and practice and environmental politics.

Prof Robyn Eckersley (Melbourne)
Robyn has published widely in the intersecting fields of political theory (especially environmental political theory and democratic theory), global environmental politics and international relations theory.

Prof David Schlosberg (Sydney)
David is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory — in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice.