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Re-thinking stakeholder engagement in climate adaptation and mitigation

Seminar by Anna Scolobig, December the 20th, 11:30, OSUG-B105

by Sandra Rome - 14 December 2017

Title: Re-thinking stakeholder engagement in climate adaptation and mitigation.

Abstract: Quantitative information is often necessary for good decisions, but successful decisions always require also accounting for a plurality of stakeholder groups and interests. Contemporary applications of decision science for the climate are breaking new ground by explicitly accounting for such diversity and by developing new models for co-generating knowledge between experts and stakeholders. These models and processes have proven valuable for promoting a wider acceptance of shared goals and new solutions. However they face a number of challenges such as accounting for stakeholder conflicting interests in the pursuit of a compromise solution or translating qualitative information into technical quantitative options. The seminar addresses these challenges by focusing on the results of three projects: a multi criteria exercise for the transition to a renewable electricity system, a deliberative process on disaster risk mitigation and the development of a people centred warning system. The conclusion will focus on future prospects and research to improve approaches for robust climate decision making.

About the author:
Dr. Anna Scolobig is senior researcher and lecturer in the Climate Policy group at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In her work she addresses questions related to disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation policy. She is a social scientist by training and she conducted her research primarily in interdisciplinary and problem-driven teams. Before joining ETH, she held researcher positions in Italy, Germany and Austria. Currently she is investigating options for improving decision making processes, especially in the sector of risk management. More precisely she is working on stakeholder engagement in the transition to a renewable electricity system, on the development of end-user focused early warning systems, on the comparison of European institutional and regulatory frameworks for disaster risk reduction and on governance innovation for nature-inspired solutions to reduce the risk of extreme weather events. In the past ten years, she has been conducting extensive empirical research in communities at risk of natural and technological risks.

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