Director: Jale Tosun / Co-Director: Andy Jordan

WG2 analyses the diffusion, upscaling and adoption of new elements, through processes of lesson drawing, transfer and emulation.  It investigates: how and why some policies or elements thereof diffuse more easily between jurisdictions than others; whether and if so why some jurisdictions are more ‘innovative’ than others and what the drawbacks might be; the role of international organisations (such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union) and epistemic networks.

The existing literature on these topics is very extensive with much macro-comparative analysis, but little of it considers climate change. There is also little connection to the literature on the activities of first adopters and processes of reinvention. Post adoption dynamics and the eventual effects of policy innovations are also neglected.

 In the first year, WG2 has supported a number of lines of inquiry and networking, including:

  1. Organizing a workshop in Mannheim on how private governance affects the diffusion of climate policy innovations. The papers will be published in a special issue of Policy & Society, in the first quarter of 2016.
  2. Organizing another workshop in Warsaw on the politics of non-proportionate policy responses to climate change. The papers are being prepared for a special issue of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.
  3. Reached out to inclusivity countries – INOGOV was involved in the 1st Turkish-German Frontiers of Social Science Symposium 2015 – “Changing Climate – Changing Lives”.
  4. Sponsored a visiting fellowship. Nicole Schmidt – a PhD student at Heidelberg University – who spent time working with Professor Robbert Biesbroek at Wageningen.

In year 2, WG 2 will:

  1. Run a workshop in Amsterdam comparing national approaches to adaptation policy.
  2. Run another workshop entitled ‘Beyond experiments – understanding how climate governance experiments become embedded’.
  3. Opened up a new line of work, by running a third workshop on policy innovation and access to clean energy technology in developing countries.
  4. Complete a review article on networked climate governance for Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Change (WIRES).
  5. Present INOGOV findings at academic events public events, such as the talk series “Heidelberg Bridge”.
  6. Produce a research brief exploring the connection between climate policy and health.





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