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Climate South

Strengthening Non-state Climate Action in the Global South (ClimateSouth) is a 3-year project that aims to develop a rigorous social scientific evidence base to support effective climate action by cities, regional governments, and businesses in developing countries.

ClimateSouth is led by the African Centre for Technology Studies (Kenya), the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University (UK), the German Development Institute (Germany), and The Energy and Resources Institute (India), with financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.


An essential piece of the climate challenge
In parallel to national governments, cities, companies, civil society groups, and other sub/non-state actors increasingly act to address climate change. While this shift represents an important breakthrough for a critical global challenge, it also faces a crucial barrier. Most of the world’s future emissions will come from developing countries, which will also experience the worst effects of climate change. Yet most non-state climate action is still concentrated in the Global North and the vast majority of transnational climate governance (TCG) initiatives are led by Northern actors. This balance will have to shift for TCG to realize its potential. Furthermore, we have only limited understanding of the impact and effectiveness of TCG initiatives, especially in the South.


Project objectives
This project aims to map, explain, and narrow this gap. In addition to global-level analysis, the project considers in detail sub/non-state action in India and Kenya. By collecting original, micro-level data in these countries, the project aims to understand the contextual factors that shape the outcomes of TCG “on the ground” in order to understand how sub/non-state actors in developing countries can best contribute to the global challenge of managing climate change. More detailed information in contained in the attached project proposal.


Project team

GLF Lisa Benjamin at Women's Energy and Climate Law Network (WECLN)
Watch: Beyond gridlock in world politics?
Beyond gridlock in world politics
Opening the door for bottom up actors to engage in the new climate regime
Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International organizations moving beyond their mandates
The Evolving Climate Regime
Institutional Investors and Coal – Beyond Reputational Damage?
Dr Lisa Benjamin, GLF 2017-18
An Industry Sea-Change for Enterprises and Investors on Climate Change?
Dr Lisa Benjamin, GLF 2017-18
The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here’s why
Associate Professor Tom Hale, Senior Researcher
The Comparative Politics of Transnational Climate Governance
Journal articles
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National Policy and Transnational Governance of Climate Change: Substitutes or Complements?
Journal articles
Video: Trump and World Order: Will a New US Foreign Policy Change Global Governance?
Launch of “Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International Organizations Moving Beyond their Mandate”
GEG International Political Economy Workshop
Climate Engineering in a multi-polar world. Why CE will be an issue for global policy-making
GEG Annual Lecture: The Imperative of a Global Climate Deal
What’s going on in the climate talks? UNFCCC Debrief Session
Designing a global platform for climate actions