Climate Politics 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.


  • Spiegel Online Video | Interview | 14/01/2023

    So will Indien klimaneutral werden

    Miriam Prys-Hansen kommentiert den Ausbau von Solarenergie in Indien und deren Beitrag zur Erreichung ambitionierer Klimaziele. 

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 01/2023

    Futures in the Making: An Analysis of Indian Climate Policy Articulations

    This chapter assesses how different Indian actors imagine climate futures and whether different actors and their ideas are connected.

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    WDR5 Politikum | Interview | 22/12/2022

    Afrikapolitik: Zu sehr aufs Klima fokussiert?

    Die Afrikapolitik der Ampelregierung setzt einen Schwerpunkt auf Klimaschutz. Und das findet Afrikaforscher Christian von Soest auch ganz richtig. Die Wirtschaftszusammenarbeit mit dem Kontinent kommt ihm aber derzeit zu kurz.

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Peace and Security"

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 7/2022

    Blaming Nature: Legitimising the Mismanagement of Natural Resources

    “Ecologisation” is a strategy by which state actors present mismanagement and bad governance as the unavoidable accompaniments to natural disasters. In future, it will be important to acknowledge this strategy’s use so that climate action and human rights cannot be played off against each other.

    Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    9DashLine | 11/2022

    COP27: India Could be the Key to Deadlocked Debates on Loss and Damage due to Climate Change

    Progress on the issue of loss and damage could benefit from clear engagement by the ‘in-between powers’ in the Global South, such as India, who may be in a position to exert a decisive influence on the outcomes of the COP27 talks.

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    Jan Phillip Ronde

    German Trade Union Confederation

    Water International | 11/2022

    Virtual Water, International Relations and the New Geopolitics of Food

    Food security and virtual water considerations interact in a corporatized third food regime, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the world’s largest grain importing region. The virtual water paradigm that Tony Allan first coined can be applied creatively to international relations that are increasingly characterized by ‘weaponized interdependence’.

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    MECAM Papers English | 11/2022

    Environment and Climate Change in Contemporary Arabic Dystopian Fiction

    Contemporary (predominantly post-2011) Arabic fiction exhibits a dystopian strand that projects a pessimistic view of the future. This literature has become particularly prominent not least because environmental degradation is a major problem in the Arab region.

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Teresa Pepe

    Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oslo

    Blog Article | 10/2022

    Iran Protests: Reform, Revolution, or Status Quo?

    The demands of the protesters for regime change are a clear manifestation of the deep frustration and the loss of hope for reform among the Iranian public and seem to signal that the time is ripe for comprehensive change.

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-763jann.lay@giga-hamburg.de

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-30miriam.prys@giga-hamburg.de

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Peace and Security"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-590christian.vonsoest@giga-hamburg.de

    Hannes Greve

    Formerly Research Fellow

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-550hannes.greve@giga-hamburg.de

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 01/2023

    Futures in the Making: An Analysis of Indian Climate Policy Articulations

    This chapter assesses how different Indian actors imagine climate futures and whether different actors and their ideas are connected.

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 7/2022

    Blaming Nature: Legitimising the Mismanagement of Natural Resources

    “Ecologisation” is a strategy by which state actors present mismanagement and bad governance as the unavoidable accompaniments to natural disasters. In future, it will be important to acknowledge this strategy’s use so that climate action and human rights cannot be played off against each other.

    Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    9DashLine | 11/2022

    COP27: India Could be the Key to Deadlocked Debates on Loss and Damage due to Climate Change

    Progress on the issue of loss and damage could benefit from clear engagement by the ‘in-between powers’ in the Global South, such as India, who may be in a position to exert a decisive influence on the outcomes of the COP27 talks.

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    Jan Phillip Ronde

    German Trade Union Confederation

    Global Environmental Politics | 11/2022

    It’s a Performance, Not an Orchestra!: Rethinking Soft Coordination in Global Climate Governance

    Global climate governance is in transition. As the focus shifts from negotiations to implementation, the quest for ways to effectively coordinate ambitious climate action has become a key concern. While existing studies frame this problem mostly in terms of institutional design (to “facilitate” state ambition) and strategic delegation of authority (to “orchestrate” nonstate action), this article builds on dramaturgical policy analysis to examine soft coordination in practice. Using ethnographic methods, we analyze public performances at the twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid. We conclude that performances and dramaturgical interventions are important tools of soft coordination in global climate governance.

    Stefan Aykut

    Felix Schenuit

    Emilie d'Amico

    MECAM Papers English | 11/2022

    Environment and Climate Change in Contemporary Arabic Dystopian Fiction

    Contemporary (predominantly post-2011) Arabic fiction exhibits a dystopian strand that projects a pessimistic view of the future. This literature has become particularly prominent not least because environmental degradation is a major problem in the Arab region.

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Teresa Pepe

    Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oslo

    Cooperation Event | 06/12/2022

    Sustainable Supply Chains in Times of Multiple Crises

    This year’s Forum on Globalization and Industrialization, taking place on 6 December, is organized under the theme “Sustainable Supply Chains in Times of Multiple Crises”, reinforcing collaboration between UNIDO, BMZ, IDOS, and the GIGA. Join this event either on-site in Vienna or online.

    Cooperation Event | 30/11/2022

    Der 10. Jahrestag der VGGT in Zeiten multipler Krisen: Ernährung durch Landrechte sichern

    In Zeiten multipler Krisen, wächst der Druck auf die Ressource Land ungebrochen. Aufbauend auf dem 10-jährige Jubiläum der VGGT unterstreicht das Panel mit u.a. Renate Künast, Mathias Mogge und Ellen O. Pratt, die Relevanz von gerechtem Landzugang für die globale Ernährungssicherung.

    GIGA Talk | 04/05/2022

    Climate Responsibilities of the “Great Powers”: Are they doing enough?

    The world is still not on track to meet the 1.5°C maximum warming target. The United States, China, the European Union, India, and Brazil – these “great powers” play a crucial role in fighting climate change. This GIGA Talk will address what has been achieved (or not) and how the “great powers” justify their respective actions or inaction. Video now online!

    Spiegel Online Video | Interview | 14/01/2023

    So will Indien klimaneutral werden

    Miriam Prys-Hansen kommentiert den Ausbau von Solarenergie in Indien und deren Beitrag zur Erreichung ambitionierer Klimaziele. 

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    WDR5 Politikum | Interview | 22/12/2022

    Afrikapolitik: Zu sehr aufs Klima fokussiert?

    Die Afrikapolitik der Ampelregierung setzt einen Schwerpunkt auf Klimaschutz. Und das findet Afrikaforscher Christian von Soest auch ganz richtig. Die Wirtschaftszusammenarbeit mit dem Kontinent kommt ihm aber derzeit zu kurz.

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Peace and Security"

    El Español | Quote | 06/09/2022

    El calor extremo siembra la próxima crisis del hambre. El verano que se nos cayó la venda (IV)

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Consultant | 05/12/2022

    Gulf Hydrogen Horizons: Why Are Gulf Oil and Gas Producers so Keen on Hydrogen? GIGA-IASS Joint Webinar

    Cooperation Event Online Event: 05/12/2022 Organisers: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Consultant | 19/10/2022

    FAO Science and Innovation Forum at Cairo Water Week: Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Advancing Water-energy-food Nexus

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome: 19/10/2022

    panel discussion

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Consultant | 28/09/2022 - 29/09/2022

    Sustainable Security of the Middle East: Climate Change, Challenges, and Prospects

    Atlantic Council Washington, DC: 28/09/2022 - 29/09/2022

    Conference with TRENDS Research and Advisory, Abu Dhabi

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    President

    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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