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Lecture Series on 17.11.2022, 18:00h to 20:00h in Kassel

Lecture from Prof. Dr. Markus Lederer (Technical University of Darmstadt)


Climate and energy policies have geopolitical implications, whereas many geopolitical trends have an amplifying effect on climate and energy policies. The often postulated ‘Great Transformation’ is, therefore, also a geopolitical endeavor. In this context, Simon Dalby appropriately speaks of a “geopolitics of the Anthropocene.” This lecture takes up this context and explains which classical, but also critical perspectives exist on geopolitics and how these can help conceptualize the reciprocal influence of geopolitics on climate and energy policy and vice versa. Empirically, the presentation focuses on the geopolitical conflict potential regarding energy and climate policy measures. Here, the materiality of current energy transitions as well as the spatial demand of so-called negative emissions are discussed.

Short Biography

Markus Lederer is a Professor of Political Science with a focus on International Relations at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He works on institutional and geopolitical issues of climate and energy policy with a special focus on emerging and developing countries.

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