Socially Just and Politically Robust Decarbonisation: A Knowledge Base and Toolkit for Policymakers
The JUSTDECARB project brings together social science and humanities researchers from four disciplines (philosophy, political science, economics, and law) across four countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, and UK) in pursuit of two overarching project objectives:
1. To fill critical gaps in the about how low-carbon transitions can be structured so that they are not only socially just, but are also perceived to be so by key stakeholders, thus enhancing the transition’s political robustness.
2. To develop a ‘toolkit’ to help European policymakers steer transition processes in a socially just and politically robust direction.
Project website https://cicero.oslo.no/no/prosjekter/justdecarb
We develop a novel method to precisely identify low carbon jobs,and reveal that low skilled workers will be more adversely affected by changing skill requirements in the low carbon transition.
We have explored predictors of opposition against climate policy among the Norwegian public,finding that this opposition appears to be part of an anti-elitist identity struggle against societal changes more generally.
We aim to provide guidance on how policymakers should consider human rightswhile developing just transition policies, and how to balance potentially colliding human rights using legal principles.
Dr. Håkon Sælen is a senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research, with a background in economics and political science. His research interests include individual behaviour, public attitudes to climate policy instruments, fairness perceptions in international climate negotiations, and the Paris Agreement. He has experience conducting and analyzing surveys, behavioural experiments, and focus groups. He is also lead-PI of the project Right-Wing populism and the Political Feasibility of Climate Policy.
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