Risk, values, and decision-making in the economics of climate change: Towards a deliberative science-policy approach to the integration of diverse values in model-based climate economics
Research areas and keywords
- climate change, climate economics, values in science, sustainability, philosophy of science, deliberative democracy
The purpose of this project is to develop a deliberative approach to the integration of diverse societal values in model-based climate economics in order to improve decision-making. The project departs from the working hypothesis that well-designed deliberative and inclusive approaches that engender learning processes about viable policy alternatives for economies are not only the most legitimate but also the quickest way to address climate change in a politically sustainable manner. Addressing the role of values in climate economics through deliberative processes is both a way of improving climate economics by making it more relevant to societal concerns, and in itself a way of transforming economies precisely by providing a sustainable basis for retooling our economies away from fossil fuel dependence. The project, that is a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy at Lund University and the Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, is structured around three work-packages (WP). WP1 is a large and interdisciplinary literature review coupled with an interview study targeting modelers and experts that seeks to identify central normative assumptions in climate economic modelling. WP2 involves the designing of a deliberative and practical approach for integrating divergent values at the science-policy interface, and WP3 involves facilitating the transdisciplinary aims of the project through continual and close interactions with stakeholders.
This project investigates what is often called 'normative assumptions' or valueladenness in the field of climate economics and in particular in the models that are used within this field. A second aim of the project is to develop ways of dealing with such normative assumptions in ways that make the knowledge better and more useful in political decision-making.
|Short title||Values in Climate Economics|
|Effective start/end date||2019/08/01 → 2024/07/31|
- Henrik Thorén - Theoretical Philosophy - LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies) (Researcher)
- Kowarsch, Martin - Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Researcher)
- Lenzi, Dominic - Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Researcher)
Related research output
Scientific models in legal judgements: The relationship between law and environmental science as problem-feedingHenrik Thorén, Niko Soininen & Niina Kotamäki, 2021, In: Environmental Science and Policy. 124, p. 478-484 6 p.
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