Zennström seminar: Why is climate policy increasingly contested when we know so much more?

  • Date: 9 October 2023, 09:00–12:30
  • Location: Humanities Theatre, Thunbergsvägen 3C, Uppsala
  • Type: Seminar
  • Lecturer: Stacy D. VanDeveer, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership
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  • Organiser: Climate Change Leadership, Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University
  • Contact person: Judith Lundberg-Felten
  • Phone: 0722069625

Welcome to an exciting seminar on environmental change governance, spanning from the upcoming climate COP28 in Dubai, to the European Green Deal, to present Swedish environmental policy making. Listen to an introduction from the new Zennström Visiting Professor, Stacy VanDeveer, and contribute to a panel discussion with participants from academia, civil society and businesses.


09.00 Uppsala University and Climate Research: A Welcome message

Charlotte Platzer-Björkman, Vice-rector Uppsala University, Professor in Solid State Electronics

09.15 World on Fire: Contention and Politicization in Climate Change Governance

Inaugural lecture by Stacy D. VanDeveer, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership

Negative impacts of climate change are obvious, very costly, and scientifically uncontroversial, so why is climate change policymaking so contentious? Didn’t we once believe that, as science and time marched on, it would become easier to enact more stringent policies? Why does it seem like it is becoming harder, even as climate change starts to have a tangible effect on the world? Stacy VanDeveer will address these questions in his lecture as the new visiting Zennström professor in Climate Change Leadership. In doing so, he draws lessons from three areas of contemporary national and international politics, policymaking and social science research. These help us understand the increasing divisiveness and disputes around an emergent “climate politics of everyday life.” He explores ongoing governance initiatives to produce synergies for biodiversity protection and climate change mitigation, improved mining and minerals governance, and campaigns and policy actions to phase-out of coal burning.

10.15 Panel discussion: from Swedish environmental policy to the European Green Deal and COP28


Mikael Karlsson, Associate Professor Environmental Science, Head of CCL


  • Naghmeh Nasiritousi, Associate Professor Political Science, CCL, Uppsala University
  • Johanna Sandahl, President European Environmental Bureau
  • Charles Parker, Professor Political Science, Uppsala University
  • Stacy VanDeveer, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership

11.00 Discussion with all participants and the audience

11.30-12.30 Lunch mingle with snacks

The seminar is held in English.



Registration is mandatory. Register latest by 1 October 2023.