Seminar Series

Understanding the politics of a 1.5 degree global warming ambition: Reflections from the IPCC special report meeting


Assoc Prof Bronwyn Hayward


Head of the Department, Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury

Time & Place

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:00:00 NZDT in Rutherford 531, Level 5

All are welcome


Assoc Professor Bronwyn Hayward is Head of the Political Science and International Relations Dept and along with Prof Tim Naish of Victoria University Wellington was one of 78 world experts invited to Geneva in August to prepare a draft scoping report and recommendations about how global warming could be limited to 1.5 degrees and sustainable development and poverty eradication goals achieved. Critics of the Paris agreement have argued we may have already passed the target, and that trying to achieve rapid transformative change is a dangerous distraction from a more 'realistic' global ambition. However, Bronwyn argues the outcomes of the scoping report may be more positive than expected. Nevertheless, there are surprising political challenges in achieving 1.5 degrees of warming which are difficult and poorly understood. In this seminar Bronwyn offers some personal insights and reflection from the Geneva meeting, ahead of the mid October intergovernmental panel decision.



Bronwyn Hayward is head of the Department of Political Science and international relations at UC and leads the Sustainable Citizenship and Civic Imagination Research group: Hei Puāwaitanga. She is also one of 9 coinvestigators with UK’s CUSP the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity an ESRC funded team based headed by Professor Tim Jackson and a coinvestigator with Professor Karen O’Brien (PI) and Dr Elin Selboe of the University of Oslo on project titled Voices of the Future: Values and Visions of Norwegian Youth on Responses to Climate Change this is a NORKLIMA funded research grant (NZ $1.18 Million) headed by Professor Obrien. She is also a Fellow with Stories of Energy Change lead by Professor Joe Smith, Open University UK and a member of the world International Social Science Council Transformations Steering Group which funds innovative world thinking to address global challenges. In 2014 Associate Professor Hayward was jointly awarded the inaugural College of Arts Conscience and Critic of Society Research Award, an award held for five years.