Workshop Report: The Dismal Shape of Things to Come? Evaluating Climate Economics as a Guide to Democratic Decision-making.  

The workshop took place on the 7th and 8th of September 2023, at Gamla Biskopshuset, Lund University.  

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The main goal

The main goal of the workshop was to bring together various perspectives that can contribute to a critical reflection of climate economics role in advising policy. Our focus was on climate economics models, and the various practices (e.g., scenario analysis, forecasting, uncertainty domestication), through which they can potentially impact policy.  

Various scholarly traditions and research programs have much to contribute to this topic, however, the respective debates proceed largely independently of each other. Thus, we wanted to create a forum that facilitates exchanges between these various literatures. 

Invited speakers

Doing so, we invited 12 speakers that study value assumptions in climate economics in various aspects. The list of speakers was:  

  • Johanna Thoma (LSE), philosopher of economics who works on democracy and measurement.  
  • Mathias Frisch (Hannover), philosopher of science who works on values and uncertainty in the context of IAMs. 
  • Michiru Nagatsu (Helsinki), philosopher of economics who works on economics and the limits of growth.  
  • Tyler DesRoches (Arizona State), philosopher of economics who works on human well-being and sustainability.  
  • Eric Winsberg (Cambridge/South Florida), philosopher of science who works on complex modeling and political decision-making.  
  • Julie Jebeile (Bern/CNRM), philosopher of science who works on values and objectivity in the context of the IPCC, as well as on climate change adaptation and feminism.  
  • Beatrice Cherrier (Ecole Polytechnique), historian of economics who works on debates around time discounting in environmental economics. 
  • Ahmad Elabbar (Cambridge), philosopher of science who works on epistemic justice in the context of the IPCC and other scientific advisory panels. 
  • David Ludwig (Wageningen), philosopher who works on the intersection of science and global justice.  
  • Vanessa Schweizer (Waterloo), philosopher who works on problems of cross-disciplinary knowledge integration and the design of scenarios for the human dimensions of large-scale environmental change.  
  • Dominic Lenzi (Twente), philosopher who works on ethics and political philosophy in the Anthropocene, especially related to climate justice, deliberative democracy, environmental values and valuation, and biodiversity conservation.  
  • Henrik Thorén (Lund), philosopher of science who works on various theoretical and methodological issues in fields such as sustainability science, climate science, and the environmental sciences. (Cancelled)  

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