Environment and Change – University of Copenhagen

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Research platform on Environment and Change

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Africa's environment and environmental policies are undergoing major changes, with a growing expansion of issues as well as stakeholders. The interest in Africa's environment ranges from actors with different utilization perspectives, to actors focused on the protection of the environment such as the conservation of biodiversity. This increasing and multifaceted, as well as transnational and translocal, interest means an intensification of struggles over resource control, which in turn challenges the management of the environment.

The research platform attempts to capture the combined environmental and developmental issues related to Africa and their implications for Africans in diverse settings. The approach is interdisciplinary combining insights from natural and social sciences. Particular attention is given to the discursive and material practices through which the terms of environmental governance authority is legitimated as well as contested.

Central research questions concern:

  • The ways in which the international debate on climate change and environmental issues affect Africa and Africans
  • The role of the market in promoting environmental management
    The scope for synergies between poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • The roles and effects of both local, national and international governance actors and the possibilities for designed a multilayered environmental governance system

Platform Researcher:

Stig Jensen, Associate Professor, CAS.