Human caused climate change is an existential problem for modern society. Preventing catastrophic and widespread harm will require not only technological innovation and creative engineering, but will also necessitate effective economic, social and political innovation. Decarbonization will be disruptive of political economies around the world, with disorienting psychological and political effects. It will be difficult but imperative for societies to understand these disruptions and anticipate barriers to progress and political backlash.
The lack of political science depth in studying climate change is emblematic of a broader lack of attention by the discipline. The situation is worsened by the fact that few current and recent PhD students are currently studying climate change politics at many major research universities.
The Climate Pipeline Project seeks to address this problem by fostering younger scholars, from graduate students to untenured professors. By spotlighting their work, and helping them develop connections with senior scholars, we hope to encourage rapid growth in attention to the politics of climate change by political science.
We are a group of scholars who work on the politics of climate change. We have come together to try to turbo-charge the field by enlisting the energy and creativity of younger scholars, and to build networks between us and them, and among them.
Scholarship from any sub-field of political science, including Comparative, IR, American Politics, Political Theory, and combinations thereof, is encouraged. We also encourage interdisciplinary presentations linking political science with other social sciences, humanities, or other natural sciences studying climate change.
This effort has been initially supported by Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Brown's Watson Center Climate Solutions Lab, as well as faculty.