Faculty of Social Sciences

TRUST seminarium

  • Date: 11/14/2017 at 1:15 PM 3:30 PM
  • Location: Blåsenhus 21:239
  • Lecturer: 1. Sverker Jager, professor at University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science and 2. Neil Powell
  • Contact person: Hanna Hofverberg
  • Seminarium

Sverker Jager, professor at University of Gothenburg at the department of political science presents: "Why we should not trust in voluntary action when it comes to large-scale environmental challenges”
Neil Powell presents "Water Security in times of climate change and intractability: Reconciling conflict by transforming security concerns into equity concern"



The programme is as follows: 


 


13.15 – 14.00 Sverker Jager, professor at University of Gothenburg at the department of political science, presents: "Why we should not trust in voluntary action when it comes to large-scale environmental challenges”


 


Abstract: Due to the fact that many large scale environmental problems, such as climate change, over-fishing and water-pollution, can be understood as social dilemmas, or collective action problems - the nature of which tend to be such that voluntary action is not very likely - political measures are typically needed to overcome such dilemmas. The problem is just how such measures are to be designed to be both effective and considered legitimate among the involved actors. In the recently launched research centre at University of Gothenburg, called CeCAR (Centre for Collective Action Research), the objective is to systematically study prospects for large-scale collective action, needed to overcome many of society’s grand challenges such as climate change and antibiotic resistance. In this talk, Jagers introduce the centre and theorize on why large-scale collective action problems are particularly challenging and how politics is a necessary component to overcome these problems.


 


14.00 – 14.30 Discussion led by David O. Kronlid


14.30 – 14.45 Coffee break


14.45 – 15.30 Text seminar. Neil Powell presents "Water Security in times of climate change and intractability: Reconciling conflict by transforming security concerns into equity concern". Discusant: Eva Friman. To get a copy of Neil's texts, please send an email to: neil.powell@swedesd.uu.se