Episode 12: The Politics of Decarbonization


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In this episode, we speak with Steven Bernstein, Distinguished Professor of Global Environmental and Sustainability Governance, University of Toronto, and Matthew Hoffmann, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, about carbon lock-in (the ways in which our culture currently reinforces our use of fossil fuels) and two different metaphors for thinking about how we might challenge the carbon lock-in mindset both locally and internationally.


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Matthew Hoffman
Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

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Guest

Steven Bernstein
Distinguished Professor of Global Environmental and Sustainability Governance, University of Toronto

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Ryan M. Katz-Rosene
Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

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Matthew Hoffmann

Matthew Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at UTSC, a member of the tri-campus graduate Department of Political Science, and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also co-editor of the flagship journal Global Environmental Politics, and a lead faculty member in the Earth Systems Governance network, the largest social science network dedicated to the study of sustainability. His research on multilevel climate change politics has been published in 3 books, an edited volume, and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. It includes studies of climate governance experimentation, equity and justice in climate governance, the politics of decarbonization, carbon markets, urban climate governance, and multilateral negotiations. His work has been funded through grants from SSHRC, Smart Prosperity, the US National Science Foundation, and the Leverhulme Foundation. Beyond the academy, professor Hoffmann regularly engages publicly through OpEds, media appearances, and public lectures, and he is the chair of the board of the environmental NGO, Green Economy Canada.

Steven Bernstein

Steven Bernstein is Distinguished Professor of Global Environmental and Sustainability Governance, University of Toronto. He is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He also co-edits the journal Global Environmental Politics and is a lead faculty member of the Earth Systems Governance Project. His research spans the areas of global governance and institutions, global environmental politics, non-state forms of governance, international political economy, and policy studies. He is the author or co-editor of several books and author of over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters, including in Science, Nature Climate Change, European Journal of International RelationsReview of International Political Economy, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of International Economic Law, International Affairs, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Policy Sciences, Regulation and Governance, and Global Environmental Politics. Current research investigates transformative policies and initiatives to achieve decarbonization (with Matthew Hoffmann), coherence and incoherence in global sustainability governance and the challenge of legitimacy in global governance.  Website: munkschool.utoronto.ca/egl/.