PBL Academy lecture by Harriet Bulkeley


On 12 October Professor Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University) will deliver a PBL Academy lecture, titled: Governance by Experimentation: climate politics and the city.

The 2015 Paris Accord appears to be a shift in both how climate change is understood as a problem together with a recognition of the multiplicity of agents, sites and forms of response that has fundamentally re-orientated our perspective on what it means to govern the climate. A shift which has heralded a new mode of governance. Governance by experimentation.

The rise of governance by experimentation is most apparent in the urban arena. The experimental city is everywhere. Seeing experiments as isolated examples however maybe overlooking a not to be missed opportunity to address the challenges of sustainability in a meaningful way.

In her lecture, Harriet Bulkeley will explore this emergence of governance by experimentation drawing on a range of examples from Europe and beyond, with a particular focus on issues of climate change and of the city.

Programme 12 October 2017

14:30 hrs Welcome, coffee and tea

15:00 hrs Lecture Harriet Bulkeley, reflection by prof. dr. Tine de Moor (UU) and discussion

17:00 hrs Drinks

PBL Director-General, Professor Hans Mommaas, will be your host. The lecture will be in English.

About Harriet Bulkeley

Harriet Bulkeley is a Professor of Geography, Durham University. Her research focuses on environmental governance and the politics of climate change, energy and sustainable cities.

Harriet has published 7 books, several edited collections and over 50 academic papers. Her recent workbooks includes An Urban Politics of Climate Change (Routledge 2015) and Accomplishing Climate Governance (CUP 2016).

She leads the H2020 NATURVATION project examining the role of urban innovation in the arena of nature-based solutions for sustainable development, and is extending her work on climate governance as a collaborator in the H2020 REINVENT project examining the politics of decarbonisation beyond the energy sector.

Attending the lecture

The lecture will be held at the premises of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague.