POLIS and CGSC are striving to become a world-leading place for the study of environmental security, in particular in relation to the global challenge of climate change.
Reflecting this ambition, two new professors – Head of School Prof Richard Beardsworth (formerly Aberystwyth) and Prof Olaf Corry (formerly Copenhagen) have bolstered the Centre’s existing expertise on environmental security. These exciting appointments join Leeds’ existing experts working on environmental security, including Associate Professors Viktoria Spaiser, Hugh Dyer, Markus Fraundorfer and Emma Anderson, and Professor Anna Mdee. This research theme is led by Professor Olaf Corry.
CGSC has research collaborations with Lancaster Environment Centre and the University of Copenhagen; University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk; University of Glasgow and University of Arizona. And the Centre is expanding its intellectual and degree design collaborations with researchers from The Priestley Centre.
Climate and Security
Leeds aims to be a leader in the emerging politics of climate security.
Highlight: Prof Olaf Corry’s research focuses the international politics of climate change, especially the security implications of climate engineering technologies. He is currently working on the implications of climate engineering technologies for international politics and leads the iSPACE project (International Security Politics and Climate Engineering) – with Professor Duncan McLaren, University of Lancaster (funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark). iSPACE is interdisciplinary, situating STEM-knowledges with International Relations, Ethics and Science and Technology Studies. Together they are currently collaborating with researchers from Sweden, the United States and Germany to bring together researchers working on security risks and geoengineering.
The impact agenda is to help provide a more holistic evidence-base for the IPCC’s future assessments of climate engineering. Key outputs include peer reviewed articles in Global Policy and WIREs Climate Change, a series of op-ed articles, a unique set of illustrations of the world politics of climate engineering technology.
Climate and governance
CGSC aims to be a leading centre for the study of global climate governance.
Highlight: Dr. Viktoria Spaiser focuses on rapid, fair and empowering transition to zero-emissions / zero-pollution using mathematical and computational approaches. Her research is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. She is also the Deputy Director of Civil Society, Development and Democracy (CDD) pathway of the ESRC funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership examining how systems and institutions of governance – in both the richer and poorer parts of the world – are evolving in amidst contestation and crisis, including as a consequence of climate change.
Highlight: CGSC is seeking to lead in the development of effective climate governance. Prof Richard Beardsworth and Dr Hugh Dyer study global climate governance, while Associate Professor Markus Fraundorfer is currently working on a book on governance under ‘Anthropocene’ conditions of dramatic environmental change. Olaf Corry works on the global governance of emerging climate technologies. And Professor Jason Ralph is currently writing a new monograph on pragmatism, as it relates to global governance and climate change.
Leeds is becoming a leading place for studying political violence and the environment.
Highlight: Prof Ted Newman’s work is famous for its contributions in human security. His current research on conflict relates to debates about the role of climate and the environment in triggering or sustaining international conflicts. He has written on food riots and pursued international, interdisciplinary collaborations of fuel riots. His recent collaboration, with Professor Anna Mdee, explores the dynamics of political conflict in the Lake Chad region.
Recent developments: Olaf Corry has recently collaborated with an anthropologist from The School of Oriental and African Studies to examine how settler colonial movements violently target indigenous nature, transforming environments in their aim to become indigenous themselves.