Climate Change: Society, Governance & Economics

Core Theme

Climate change has become a defining problem of our age, which will affect society in profound and complex ways through both its effects and our responses. PhD and early career researchers are at the forefront as the social sciences engage with climate change in ever more diverse ways. This conference will bring together researchers asking how social processes, governance structures and economic realities will be affected by climate change at scales from global to local, and how we can and should design and manage responses all over the world. We will also hear from several keynote speakers, including Professor Emily Boyd from the University of Reading.

Call For Papers

The conference is a great opportunity to present your ideas and research to other social science researchers working on climate change. We invite participants to give 15-20 minute talks, with Q&A afterwards.

In a 250-word abstract please suggest your own idea, or use the ones below for inspiration. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 15th April 2016. We'll curate the day to cover a diverse range of topics and disciplines so we'll all have lots to learn from and engage with.

  • Justice and climate change - theory and practice.
  • Public reaction/attitudes to climate change - how are they evolving and shaping national and local climate policy/action?
  • Relationships between global governance and community-level adaptation and mitigation.
  • Corporations and climate change action at the global/transnational or local level.
  • The COP21 outcome - how will it affect your research area or specific policies/concerns like carbon markets, human rights or development?


Thursday 30th June - Friday 1st July (finishing mid-afternoon)


University of Reading, Berkshire, UK.

  • Easy to reach by train from London (30 minutes), the North and the West.
  • Short bus journey from the station to the campus - buses every 10 minutes.


Please send your abstracts, requests to reserve a place (without presenting), and questions to Phil Coventry:

The conference is organised by ESRC and Leverhulme PhD researchers at Reading. We especially encourage ESRC-funded researchers to participate and present, but all are welcome.


Attendance is free. We can cover some travel and accommodation costs, but due to our funding we need to prioritise ESRC researchers.


The full conference programme will include:
  • Up to 10 researchers delivering papers.
  • Keynote academic speakers.
  • Small group discussion and feedback session for sharing ideas and meeting new people.
  • Conference dinner after day one (we'll pay for food, you pay for drinks).

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