Climate Change and the Global South

We work on the politics of climate change. We investigate options to enable low and middle income countries to achieve lower-carbon trajectories without compromising economic development and poverty reduction and study the role of the Global South in international climate negotiations.


  • GIGA Focus Lateinamerika | 6/2021

    “Brazil must be back!” – But Real Climate Action Is Possible Only after Bolsonaro

    Brazil’s contribution to international climate protection is urgently needed, but during Bolsonaro’s presidency greenhouse gas emissions, support for agribusiness, and the repression of activists increased. Chances for a turnaround will come only with a change of president in the upcoming elections. An analysis.

    Anna Fünfgeld

    Doctoral Researcher

    Panel Discussion | 09/11/2021

    Climate Migration: Implications for Peace Policy

    In order to maintain sustainable peace in times of global warming, German foreign policy must recognise the connection between climate change, migration and conflict and develop approaches to solutions. IFSH and GIGA jointly invite all interested parties to a digital discussion event.

    GIGA Focus Global | 7/2021

    Requirements for a Successful COP 26: Commitment, Responsibilities, Trust

    The agenda for the UN Climate Change Conference foresees the conclusion of negotiations on implementation rules for the Paris Agreement and the setting of more ambitious targets by the parties. The authors analyse the requirements for a successful COP 26 in Glasgow.

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 4

    Jan Klenke

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Forum | 27/10/2021

    Final Chance for the 1.5 Degrees? Expectations for the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow

    At the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, negotiations will be held on the measures and contributions to be made to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Experts will discuss the expectations of the COP26 and the roles of individual actors at this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

    Research Project | 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2025

    Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS), Cluster of Excellence / Universität Hamburg

    The Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS), based at Universität Hamburg, is guided by the overarching question: "Which climate futures are possible and which are plausible?" The GIGA contributes to the cluster in the central synthesis project and with its research on climate governance, the social construction of climate futures, and the interactions between climate change and conflict.
    DFG, Excellence Strategy, 2019-2025

    Research Project | 01/11/2018 - 31/10/2021

    De-Carbonizing Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Energy demand in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to increase drastically in the next decades. Against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, a key question for developing countries is how to forego carbon-intensive development steps and thereby achieve sustainable development. To answer this question, this project will trace the most recent carbonization dynamics and analyze feasible climate change mitigation actions that can help to lower emissons without compromising economic development.
    BMBF, 2018-2021

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    Hannes Greve

    Doctoral Researcher

    Press Release | 22/06/2021

    New Climate Centre for Sustainable Resource Management in Jordan Valley

    The GIGA is part of the new Centre for Climate and Environment in Amman, Jordan, which brings together an international research team to work on sustainable resource management in the Jordan Valley. It is one of four global Centres for Climate and Environment funded by the DAAD and the FFO.

    Online Conference | 22/03/2021 - 23/03/2021

    PEGNet Conference 2021

    The PEGNet Conference 2021 will provide a platform for leading development scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to reflect on relevant topics in the field of development economics. In addition to high-level dialogue and exchange of ideas, the conference will feature a workshop for PhD researchers. Video of the event available.


    Gaia: Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society | 12/2021

    It’s not Enough to be Right!: The Climate Crisis, Power, and the Climate Movement

    Dr. Angela Pohlmann

    Kerstin Walz

    Prof. Dr. Anita Engels

    Stefan Aykut

    Sören Altstaedt

    Dr. Arwen Colell

    Prof. Dr. Udo Dietrich

    Hauke Feddersen

    Annabarbara Friedrich

    Franziska Krieger

    Felix Schenuit

    Alvine Datchoua-Tirvaudey

    Dr. Markus Schulz

    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Cathrin Zengerling

    GIGA Focus Global | 7/2021

    Requirements for a Successful COP 26: Commitment, Responsibilities, Trust

    The agenda for the UN Climate Change Conference foresees the conclusion of negotiations on implementation rules for the Paris Agreement and the setting of more ambitious targets by the parties. The authors analyse the requirements for a successful COP 26 in Glasgow.

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 4

    Jan Klenke

    Doctoral Researcher

    Panel Discussion | 09/11/2021

    Climate Migration: Implications for Peace Policy

    In order to maintain sustainable peace in times of global warming, German foreign policy must recognise the connection between climate change, migration and conflict and develop approaches to solutions. IFSH and GIGA jointly invite all interested parties to a digital discussion event.

    GIGA Talk | 27/10/2021

    Final Chance for the 1.5 Degrees? Expectations for the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow

    At the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, negotiations will be held on the measures and contributions to be made to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Experts will discuss the expectations of the COP26 and the roles of individual actors at this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

    GIGA Forum | 27/10/2021

    Final Chance for the 1.5 Degrees? Expectations for the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow

    At the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, negotiations will be held on the measures and contributions to be made to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Experts will discuss the expectations of the COP26 and the roles of individual actors at this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

    Deutschlandfunk | Interview | 20/02/2021

    Konflikt im Pazifik Inselforum. Politologe: Wichtiger klimapolitischer Akteur ist in Gefahr

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Climate Chats Podcast | Interview | 20/03/2020

    Climate Chats

    27/10/2021

    Final Chance for the 1.5 Degrees? Expectations for the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow

    GIGA Forum Online event: 27/10/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    This GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk addresses the complicated negotiations to be expected during COP26: Who will act on which policy fields? What role does trust play in overcoming remaining differences? What role can civil society play to facilitate negotiations and make COP26 successful?

    20/10/2021

    Social Justice and Food Security: The Right to Food Justice in the Arab Region

    UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia Beirut: 20/10/2021

    Webinar

    27/09/2021

    Stepping down the ladder: The impacts of fossil fuel subsidy removal in a developing country

    Conference 27/09/2021

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