What role do non-state actors play in the response to climate change?

About the project or challenge area

Although states continue to work together to act on climate change, their response has so far been agonizingly slow-paced. With temperatures rising and climactic changes taking hold across the world, it is increasingly apparent that not enough is being done. And yet, there is room for cautious optimism. A growing ‘alternative response’ is taking shape at the non-state level. Cities, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and even individuals are said to have significant potential to contribute to the climate change response. Despite growing academic and policymaker interest in these non-state actors, very little research has been conducted into the actual impact they are having.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to explore a key area of the climate change response that has so far been under-researched by scholars. In addition, the research is policy-relevant and may open up opportunities for public engagement and/or engagement with policy makers.

About you

An interest in addressing climate change is essential.

How to apply

Please note this project has been filled, however it will be running again in 2021. If you have any questions, please contact cabot-masters@bristol.ac.uk.

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised challenge area, which means you should complete Section A + B of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.

Alix Dietzel Supervisor

Your supervisor for this project will be Alix Dietzel, Lecturer in Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. You can contact her at +44 117 9289176 or email alix.dietzel@bristol.ac.uk 

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Environmental Change theme is a vibrant community of researchers who integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to provide the evidence base and solutions to tackle the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Find out more about the Environmental Change research theme.

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