The Climate Change and Citizenship Project will explore how climate change is challenging notions and practices of citizenship, particularly in regions hardest hit by environmental disruption. Researchers will study whether citizens’ sense of their rights and obligations are shifting in the face of sea level rise, flooding, droughts, heat waves, and water shortages. In some cases, climate change may empower citizens to make claims upon their government; in others, power structures may exclude groups from decision-making, reinforcing existing patterns of inclusion and exclusion. Even more fundamentally, the geographic associations that, for many people, define citizenship may be disrupted as climate change forces communities to relocate. In these and other ways, climate change challenges current notions of citizenship — in particular, one’s sense of community and the rights and responsibilities that go along with it.
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Contact: Farhana SultanaWith support from the Maxwell School Dean’s Office and donors to the Tenth Decade Fund, the Climate Change and Citizenship will sponsor or help development:
- An international workshop/conference, based at Maxwell, engaging environmental and citizenship scholars in the social and political implications of climate change.
- A pair of pilot studies, one domestically focused and the other international.
- Publications, curricular development, and possible additional funding opportunities resulting from the pilot studies.