S_76 Climate Science Policy Interface

Climate policy is a domain where the impact of scientific knowledge has been comparatively strong. But for most scientists the world of policymaking still remains a ‘black box’. It is often unclear how policymakers and high-level politicians are influenced by new scientific knowledge. How does this knowledge interact with political preferences? Does it mainly affect climate policy talk and decisions – or does it equally impact policy actions? And how does climate policymaking influence research agendas and science communication?

This course will explore interactions at the climate science/policy interface from a social science perspective, with a focus on the performative power of ‘modelled knowledge’, e.g. carbon budgets, climate targets or mitigation pathways.