The politics of urban climate risks: theoretical and empirical lessons from Ulrich Beck’s methodological cosmopolitanism

Anders Blok (Soc), Sociologisk Institut
Anders Blok (KU)

Anders Blok, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of Copenhagen University, joins TiP’s Environmental Futures seminar series to reconceptualise urban climate politics between wider sociology and Science and Technology Studies.

November 20, 2017 15:00–16:30 @ Room 3A08.

This talk builds on earlier work published in the Journal of Risk Research.

 

Lemvig_MKF1964-1280In the face of global climate risks, world cities increasingly figure in academic and policy discourse as strategic spaces for harnessing the expertise and governance capacity needed to steer societies toward more sustainable and low-carbon futures. Building on empirical studies into large-scale East Asian and European port city redevelopments, this talk reviews existing approaches to the study of urban climate politics (low-carbon transition, policy mobilities, ANT risk cartography), by way of asking what contribution Ulrich Beck’s theory of world risk society – and principles of methodological cosmopolitanism – make to such epochal conversations?