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Governance of Climate Change Technologies

Jointly supported by UCL Public Policy, UCL Laws and the Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities.


This cross-disciplinary project is chaired by Professor Maria Lee (UCL Laws) and explores the space for public participation during the consenting process for wind energy and CCS projects. Whilst decision makers are subject to legal obligations to provide opportunities for public involvement in consenting, an examination of high level strategic planning policy suggests that in practice, very little will be up for discussion by this stage. We have also identified a certain mistrust of public participation among those making policy on the technological change thought necessary for climate change mitigation. Legally embedded rights to participate, coupled with limited opportunities to influence, create the danger that participation becomes a simple bureaucratic hurdle, frustrating for all concerned. 


The project group will be publishing an article on "Public Participation and Climate Change Infrastructure" in the first 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Law. An accompanying policy briefing is available here.

The project group held a workshop with representatives of the NGO sector in September 2012 to discuss the findings of the project and possible solutions to help address the problems in public participation. A policy briefing summarising the key points of the discussion is available here.

A policy seminar was held in November 2011, as part of the UCL Public Policy events series, on 'Going Low-Carbon - the Governance of Climate Change Technologies'. A policy briefing developed from the project and the seminar discussion is available here.

Project members

The core members of the project group are:

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