Event: ‘Frozen Out? Political Science in a Heating World’

This year’s annual lecture from the Political Studies Association will see political scientist Robyn Eckersley from the University of Melbourne deliver a talk titled “Frozen Out? Political Science in a Heating World.” The lecture will take place online on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. GMT.

This lecture will draw out what is at stake at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (known as COP26) on October 1 through November 12 against the backdrop of the larger civilizational challenge of global heating. It will offer some reflections on the impact and role of political science and what it has to offer in the face of this challenge.

Eckersley’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A session from the audience chaired by the BBC’s Emma Vardy.

The lecture is presented in partnership with SAGE Publishing. SAGE is the parent of Social Science Space.

For questions about the event, email events@psa.ac.uk.


Robyn Eckersley

Robyn Eckersley is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Discipline of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She has published widely in the fields of environmental political theory, politics and the state; ecology and democracy; International Relations and global environmental governance, with a special focus on the ethics, politics and governance of climate change. In 2019, she received a Distinguished Scholar Award by the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association. Her books include Environmentalism and Political Theory (1992) and The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (2004).

Emma Vardy

Emma Vardy is the BBC’s Ireland correspondent covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for its flagship news programs. She began her journalism career covering sports. From 2011-2017, Vardy served as a political reporter at BBC News and home affairs correspondent at BBC South. In 2017-2018 she was a political reporter at BBC, assuming her current duties in 2018.

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