Drawing on his recent book, Professor Matthew Paterson, University of Manchester, focuses on the political dynamics surrounding climate change initiatives in Ottawa, Canada, this presentation develops a particular account of
Drawing on his recent book, Professor Matthew Paterson, University of Manchester, focuses on the political dynamics surrounding climate change initiatives in Ottawa, Canada, this presentation develops a particular account of what it means to say that climate change is political. It focuses in particular on two recurring tensions – one between de- and re-politicisation, and one between ‘purification’ and complexity. It shows that the particular ways these tensions play out is driven by the underlying forces of cultural political economy – the pursuit of capital accumulation, and the embeddedness of climate change-generating practices in daily life.
Mathew Paterson is the Research Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and Professor of International Politics at the University of Manchester. His research and teaching focuses on environmental politics, especially climate change politics. He is interested in the fundamental question of the challenges that dramatic environmental change poses to existing political institutions and structures, and what drives the responses of those systems to the unsustainability of the current world order. He has worked principally on global climate governance (the UNFCCC, transnational governance initiatives), the political economy of climate (the role of specific business sectors, the politics of carbon markets, generally how global capitalism shapes responses to climate change), and the cultural politics of climate change (the practices of daily life and the identities associated with them – automobility in particular).
(Wednesday) 1:30 pm - 3:00 am