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2016 Climate Change Article Prize Winners

We are delighted to announce our 2016 article prize winners. We would like to extend our thanks to this year’s judges: Murray Goulden, Rebecca Whittle, Todd Saunders and Lisa Hall for their tremendous contribution reviewing the 12 papers that were submitted for consideration for the prize.

  1. Anneleen Kenis (2016) Ecological citizenship and democracy: Communitarian versus agonistic perspectives.Environmental politics 35(6): 949-970 
  2. Gordon Walker, Neil Simcock and Rosie Day (2016) Necessary energy uses and a minimum standard of living in the United Kingdom: Energy justice or escalating expectations. Energy Research and Social Science 18: 129-138 
  3. Prativa Spkota, Rodney J. Jeenan, Jana-Axinja Paschen, Hemant R. Ojha (2016) Social production of vulnerability to climate change in the rural middle hills of Nepal

Special Recognition is given to Angela Last's paper in Society and Space entitled 'Re-reading worldliness: Hannah Arendt and the question of matter'  with the judges noting 'We were impressed by Last's nuanced discussion of materialism, and novel use of Arendt's work in assessing its pitfalls. However we decided ultimately that […] it was slightly too tangential to climate change to be considered amongst the winners. We nevertheless wanted to give recognition to what was agreed by all to be a sophisticated work.'

Event report from the Article Prize event, 15 March 2016 – University of Nottingham

This year, we organised our Article Prize event at the University of Nottingham with the support of some of our winners, Alexa Spence and Murray Goulden. We took the opportunity of this meeting to organise a workshop on writing excellent articles on climate change, and the report is available here.

Event report from the Energy, Climate and Society: Insights from Early Career Researchers

This event, kindly sponsored by the BSA Climate Change Study Group, aimed to promote knowledge sharing between researchers and the policy community on the social dimensions of energy and climate change.  Download the Event Report

Report from the workshop on writing excellent articles on climate change

This event provided an opportunity for participants to learn about writing excellent social scientific articles on climate change. A report, including audio, is available here.

Report of an informal discussion with DECC - Notes and Presentation
When the BSA climate change study group was launched there was clear interest in promoting closer interaction with 'policy' and we are grateful to DECC for opening what we hope turns into a long running 'conversation' about the relation between policy, social science and climate change. These notes summarise some of the issues discussed at an informal meeting between members of the BSA climate change study group and DECC (Adam Cooper, Matt Lipson and others) held in October 2012.

Report from Social dimensions of climate change – a unique book launch and discussion event

To celebrate its first anniversary, the BSA Climate Change Study Group recently held a unique book launch event at the British Library Conference Centre. Organised by Dr Chris Shaw (Sussex University), the event invited the authors of three recent books on the social dimensions of climate change to present and discuss their central themes. The authors were Professor Gordon Walker (Lancaster University) who discussed his book 'Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics' (Routledge, 2011); Professor John Urry (Lancaster University) who discussed his book 'Climate Change and Society' (Polity Press, 2011) and Professor Mike Hulme (University of East Anglia) who discussed his book 'Why we disagree about climate change' (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Read the report summarising the event.

Report from Climate Change, Consumption and Daily Life: The Role of the State Seminar
The BSA Climate Change Study Group recently ran a seminar on 'Climate Change, Consumption and Daily Life: The Role of the State' jointly organised by Dr Catherine Butler (Cardiff University), Dr Tom Roberts (Kent University) and Dr Carly Mclachlan (University of Manchester and hosted by the Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester. Read the report summarising the key points from the day.

Reports from the Sustainable Practices Research Group Summer School
The BSA climate change study group supported three PhD students, Rebecca Collins, Javier Lloveras and Janine Morley, allowing them to participate in the Sustainable Practices Research Group Summer School held in September 2011.  In exchange we asked them to report on their experience.  The following reports draw attention to themes and issues of interest to other members of the BSA Climate Change Study group.