Against this backdrop, the aim of this three-day workshop is to bring together a small group of top international scholars to explore how, where and to what effect the EU is embarking on new forms of external environmental governance.
We invite paper proposals that seek to explore this overall aim by addressing one or more of the following questions:
What are the different policy instruments that the EU uses to pursue it environmental norms, rules and policies outside of its borders (e.g. strategic partnerships; transnational networks; development cooperation)? What mechanisms do these instruments principally rely on (e.g. coercion; emulation; incentives)? How effective are these instruments and mechanisms in third countries?
How does the EU pursue its environmental objectives in different environmental sub-fields (e.g. climate change, biodiversity, fisheries, chemicals policy)? What mix of policy instruments does the EU use? How do these different instruments interact and to what effect? How do the EU's environmental objectives in these areas fit with the environmental objectives and other priorities of the countries which the EU seeks to influence?
How can the EU's external environmental governance be characterized in different countries and regions of the world? How does the EU attempt to influence the environmental policy of countries within its immediate neighbourhood? Does this differ from other countries further away from the EU's borders (and market)? How does the EU attempt to influence the environmental policy of developed countries and regions? Is this different from the strategies used for developing countries? How are the EU's activities in these countries and regions perceived by the external actors that the EU seeks to influence?
What are the main challenges that the EU faces in pursuing its environmental norms, rules and policies outside of its borders? How coherent are the EU's other (non-environmental) policies with the EU's external environmental policy? What internal factors in third countries affect the extent of the EU's influence in this regard? How does the influence of other global and emerging powers affect the EU's environmental influence in third countries?
The papers will be discussed in detail at the workshop in the view of producing a collective publication (most probably an edited book).
The University of Pretoria will cover international travel, accommodation, food and conference expenses for participants. However, funding is limited so preference may be given to participants that can cover their own international travel expenses. For further information, please contact the workshop organiser Camilla Adelle.
Submission of proposals
Please send your paper proposal (maximum 300 words) and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org (cc to email@example.com) by 19 December 2014. The proposals will be selected based on their quality and their potential contribution to a collective publication. Successful participants will be notified at the beginning of January 2015. Draft papers are expected by 15 May 2015.