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CCS Seminar - Obstacles to realising the 'Million Climate Jobs' Vision: Which policy strategies can work? When? How?

Speaker: Andrew Lawrence
Date: Friday 18 May 2018
Time: 13:00-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN

Do the recent conflicts between Numsa and green groups over the specific issue of the continuation of the Independent Power Producers (IPP) tendering process herald a bigger divide within a nascent coalition favouring the ‘Million Climate Jobs’ vision? What strategies – in terms of coalition building, policy experimentation, leveraging, and mobilisation, among others – may be most effective in pursuit of this vision? How can community ownership and control of energy be strengthened?

This seminar will discuss these questions in terms of scenarios that are contingent: they explicitly distinguish between what is more and what is less certain; what is more and less amenable to change over the short- to medium-term; and between what is normatively desirable, and what entails unavoidable trade-offs or uncertain costs. Making these distinctions helps to make explicit provisional assumptions and causal claims. This exercise aims to both clarify the issues at stake, and increase dialogue and awareness about, and extend, the range of options available.

Speaker Bio:
Andrew Lawrence (BA, Columbia University; MPhil, PhD, CUNY Graduate Center) is currently Visiting Professor at the Vienna School of International Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Wits School of Governance, and has previously taught at several universities in Europe and North America.

He has published widely on comparative and international political economy, political ecology, labour studies, and international studies, in journals including Comparative Politics, Politikon, and Review of International Political Economy. His most recent monograph is Employer and Worker Collective Action: A Comparative Study of Germany, South Africa, and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and he is currently completing a book on South Africa's energy transition.

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