LUCSUS Seminar: Zooming in on the Danish Climate Assembly
Welcome to a seminar with invited guest Irina Papazu (IT University)(CPH)
With the Danish Climate Act of 2020 stipulating a 70 % reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030, concern grew for the involvement of the public in the pervasive societal changes to come. In response, the government set up a Climate Citizens’ Assembly, an experiment in the Danish political context, to secure the support and participation of the public in initiatives relating to climate change. Soon after, the Covid-19 pandemic struck and relegated the 99 randomly selected participants of the Assembly and the organizers to their homes; the meetings of the Assembly would now be on the virtual meeting platform Zoom. This article investigates what happens when this type of participatory process, designed to foster engagement and ownership in the climate crisis, is conducted digitally. What are the costs of digital participation, and how is the experience of participation in the experimental format of the Climate Assembly affected by the digital mediation of the meetings?
Irina Papazu is associate professor in the Technologies in Practice research group at the IT University of Copenhagen. She has published a book on Actor-Network Theory in Practice with colleague Brit Ross Winthereik and has a co-edited book with the title Democratic Situations (with Andreas Birkbak) coming out on Mattering Press. She heads the Agile State working group in ITU’s Center for Digital Welfare, and she splits her research time between public sector digitalisation and public participation in climate change and energy transitions.
The seminar is part of the theme Situating Sweden and Scandinavia in the Global.
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The LUCSUS seminars are open for the public, held online and take place Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon. We are looking forwards to seeing you!