Social Sciences Events around COP26

Social scientists are at the heart of several exciting activities and events in and around COP26 - explore the events listed below to find out more!

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In and around the COP26: Glasgow and online

Monday 1 November

17:00-18:00 | Crops, climate change and COPing strategies: Some lessons from prehistory

Prof. Amy Bogaard considers the implications of deep-time understanding of early agriculture for present-day dilemmas surrounding food security and climate change, stressing the huge potential of collaboration between archaeological, crop and climate science.
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Tuesday 2 November

10:00-11.30 | ‘When a lack of consensus is more productive’: the importance of diversifying knowledge production 

The idea that ‘we’ must build a global consensus to address climate crisis begs the question of who is ‘we’, and what about everyone else? A lack of consensus may be more productive. The notion that action can’t be taken unless ‘everyone’ agrees can have the effect of slowing things down, even when ‘everyone’ only means those voices that dominate international summits. This panel explores how diversity of participants, plurality of worldviews, multiple sites and forms of knowledge-production, disagreements, and multiple overlapping spheres of action may make for a far richer and more robust response to climate crisis.
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COP26 in Real Time

At a crucial moment in the fight against the climate crisis, leaders from across the world will convene in Glasgow for the UN's Climate Change Conference (COP26). Join members of the Blavatnik School community towards the end of the COP26 World Leaders Summit for immediate reactions to – and reflections on – the outcomes.
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Friday 5 November 2021

08:30-18:30 | Climate Law and Governance Day: Advancing Legal & Policy Frameworks for Ambition, Obligation & Finance

A convening of international experts to increase ambition, harness knowledge, and advance insights in climate law and governance. 
See the full Programme of Climate Law and Governance Day 2021, featuring 16 sessions with world-class experts, including Oxford's Prof Myles Allen, Danilo Garrido Alves, and Prof Lavanya Rajamani
Hosted at the at the University of Glasgow Kelvin Gallery, Glasgow, and online. Register for the Climate Law and Governance Day 2021

19:00-20:30 | Covering climate change: strategies for news media

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is launching the new 'Oxford Climate Journalism Network', a project designed to help journalists and newsroom leaders transform the way they cover the climate crisis. The focus is not on individual pieces of reporting, but on working with journalists from all over the world to help them rethink how to approach the defining issue of our time. The two co-founders of the network, Meera Selva and Wolfgang Blau will present and discuss their work.
Hosted by: The Reuters Institute, Oxford University, Condé Nast. COP26 Blue Zone Hall 5 or Register via the Resilience Hub virtual platform

Saturday 6 November

15:00-16:00 | The Fabulous Fables of Laurabee

At the COP26 Universities Network Green Zone Exhbition (Floor 1 of the Glasgow Science Centre).

Wednesday 10 November 

18:20 -19:00 | Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL) toolkit publication launch

Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL) is a substantive collaboration of eight founding leading European business schools, joining together to help business leaders combat the climate crisis facing the planet. Watch the BS4CL Webinar series in the run up to the launch.

Thursday 11 November 

19:15-20:45 | Voices from the community shaping resilience enhancing infrastructure - Advancing Urban Equity, the Bedrock for Transformative Climate Action

PEAK Urban findings and WRI’s World Resources Report highlight that cities are complex systems of systems. They cannot be planned for through the sciences of (P)rediction alone. Our session explores urban (E)mergence from the interactions of city systems and the (A)doption of new technologies, alongside the valuing of (K)nowing or perspectives.
Hosted by: PEAK Urban and Oxford Martin Informal Cities, University of Oxford, World Resources Institute (WRI), Climate Sense. COP26  Blue Zone Hall 5 or Register via the Resilience Hub virtual platform

22:30-00:00 | Understanding Systems and Tools for Change in cities - The Bedrock for Transformative Climate Action

In the context of changing cities, and the impact of this change on populations in different income countries, this session showcases a framework for change based on the University of Oxford’s PEAK Urban and WRI’s flagship World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City that offers 7 crucial transformations for equity and sustainability.
Hosted by: PEAK Urban/ Oxford Martin Informal Cities/ University of Oxford, World Resources Institute (WRI), UK Research and Innovation (URKI)/ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF. Register via the Resilience Hub virtual platform