Cracking the Climate Engineering Governance Code: How discursive structures can inform the anticipatory development of a Code of Conduct for Climate Engineering Research

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Cracking the Climate Engineering Governance Code: How discursive structures can inform the anticipatory development of a Code of Conduct for Climate Engineering Research

Australian-German Climate and Energy College
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Calls for governance of the development of heterogeneous technological proposals for intentionally intervening into the global climate system, often collectively termed ‘climate engineering’ (CE), are currently picking up speed. However, so far there has been little empirical analysis of the discursive structure underpinning this debate. I will present the results of a post-structural discourse analysis of a series of interviews with governance experts from US, the UK and Germany about a proposed Code of Conduct for climate engineering research. My analysis illustrates how - by shaping what is defined as the object(s) of governance, why governance is considered necessary, and who is assigned the authority to govern - the underlying discursive structure of a given governance debate not only has an ongoing de facto governance effect, it also has a constitutive effect on how future de jure governance options can be conceptualised. By mapping the discursive structure into which a concrete proposal for CE governance is being introduced, and drawing out the implications of these discursive patterns for anticipatory governance development, I aim to inform the future-oriented, reflective development of the Code of Conduct specifically and CE research governance more broadly.

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  • Ms Miranda Boettcher
    Ms Miranda Boettcher, Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies