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Just Transition Research Collaborative Workshop

Date: 5 - 6 May 2018

  • Time: 09.15 - 18.00 / 10.00 - 13.00
  • Location: Bonn, Germany
  • Counterpart(s): University of London Institute in Paris; Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
  • Project Title: Just Transition Research Collaborative

Just Transition Research Collaborative Workshop
The concept of the Just Transition away from fossil fuels and towards low-carbon development is increasingly popular and being used in international climate negotiations and debates on sustainable futures. The growing popularity and uptake of Just Transition has fostered the emergence of different understandings and narratives around it. The Just Transition Research Collaborative is mapping and analysing these different framings and will provide an important contribution to the science-policy dialogue on how the approach can be used to foster the transition to equitable low-carbon development.

A 1.5 day workshop held in Bonn brings together academic and activist members of the Collaborative to take stock of how the Just Transition is being used in policy-making and civil-society debates and to present a number of case studies from the global North and South. The workshop is co-organized by UNRISD and the University of London Institute in Paris, and supported by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. It serves as a basis for further discussions and the future work of the collaborative that will feed into a policy report on Just Transition planned for publication in December 2018.


5 MAY
09:15-09:45Welcome and HousekeepingTill Bender, Ethan Earle (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
09:45-10:00Workshop IntroductionDunja Krause (UNRISD), Edouard Morena (University of London Institute in Paris)
GENEALOGY AND FRAMING OF THE JUST TRANSITION
10:00-10:20Overview of Just Transition FramingsEdouard Morena (ULIP), Rebecca Shelton (Arizona State University)
10:20-10:40Historical Overview of Just TransitionDimitris Stevis (Colorado State University), Romain Felli (University of Lausanne)
10:40-11:40Q&A and Discussion
11:40-12:00Coffee Break
GEOGRAPHIES OF THE JUST TRANSITION
12:00-12:20South AfricaJacklyn Cock (University of Witwatersrand), Sandra van Niekerk (Public Services International Research Unit)
12:20-12:40BrazilDiego Azzi (Federal University of ABC, Sao Paolo)
12:40-13:20Q&A and Discussion
13:20-14:00Lunch
GEOGRAPHIES OF THE JUST TRANSITION (CONTINUED)
14:00-14:20PhilippinesJosua Mata (SENTRO)
14:20-14:40United StatesDimitris Stevis, Rebecca Shelton
14:40-15:00CanadaHadrian Mertins-Kirkwood (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
15:00-15:40Q&A and Discussion
15:40-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-16:20East AfricaNicole Helmerich (University of Lausanne)
16:20-17:00Just Transition in the International Policy SpaceTadzio Müller (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
17:00-18:00Q&A and Discussion
6 MAY
10:00-11:00Breakout Groups on sections of the planned report:
1) Narratives and framing of Just Transition
2) Case studies
11:00-11:45Report from Breakout Groups and discussion on report structure
11:45-12:00Coffee Break
12:00-13:00Conclusion: Next steps/way forward
Discussants
Damian White (Rhode Island School of Design)
Joachim Roth (UNRISD)
Vivian Price (California State University)
Manuela Matthess (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)
Nadja Charaby (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
Eike Hägerbäumer (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)

Follow the Just Transition Research Collaborative on Twitter @JTRC2018 and find out more about the case studies in the think piece series.

Photo: Ethan Earle, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung New York Office