Climate Café: Why Do International Environmental Agreements Succeed or Fail?

Date & time: 10.15–11.45pm 30 May 2016, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Frank Fenner Seminar Room, Frank Fenner Building(#141) - Linnaeus Way, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601
Speakers: Luke Kemp

In this Climate Café, Luke Kemp will present a framework for analysing international environmental agreements.  Why do some regimes, such as the Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion, succeed?  Why do others, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, fail?   And what does success and failure mean?

Luke will explain the framework of “Critical Mass Governance”  which brings together ideas from systems thinking, economics and international relations to predict and decipher the outcomes of different international environmental agreements. 

Participants will use this framework to analyse and debate whether the recent Paris Climate Agreement is likely to succeed or fail and why.

About the speaker

Luke Kemp is a lecturer and finishing PhD candidate at ANU. His research and consultancy work has covered international environmental policy as well as domestic and local climate policy. He has been a regular participant in both the climate negotiations and other international environmental negotiations (including the Rio+20 Earth Summit) since 2009.

About Climate Café

A relaxed, monthly gathering of students and researchers interested in discussing ideas and questions on climate change and related topics.   It's transdisciplinary, inclusive, jargon-free and fun.    We seek to overcome disciplinary barriers!  The approach is modelled on dialogue events such as: Café Philosophic and Café Scientifique.

At each Climate Café event, a guest is invited to present an idea, which is then explored and discussed in smaller groups.

Join us for lunch - pizza and drinks provided.


Clare de Castella