Lecture: "The Most Important Topic Political Scientists Are Not Studying: Adapting to Climate Change"


Location: C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Few political scientists study climate change adaptation—efforts to reduce vulnerability to climate change. Yet adapting to climate change is fundamentally political, raising questions about political economy, political theory, comparative politics , urban politics, regime type, federalism, and many other issues.

In this presentation, Debra Javeline, associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, will review the field of climate change adaptation, explore the contributions political scientists could make to climate change adaptation, call on political scientists to begin conducting adaptation research, and offer a primer on how they may do so.

Debra Javeline’s wide-ranging research includes a focus on the politics of climate change adaptation. She is collaborating with biologists, computer scientists, and other faculty affiliates of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative on a major interdisciplinary project on adaptation to climate change funded by the National Science Foundation, the Provost’s Strategic Academic Planning Committee, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the College of Science.

Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.