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Climate Change and Security workshop

A day-long workshop will be held on 24 April 2009 around the theme of the relationship between climate change and security, orientating around four central questions:
  • To what extent can and should climate change be understood as a security issue?
  • Do we need "security" to make sense of climate change or respond effectively to it?
  • What are the implications of approaching climate change as a security issue?
  • How might we approach the relationship between climate change and security analytically and in practice? 


Format of Workshop  

Thursday 23rd April- Arden House- meet for drinks in the bar at 6pm; dinner to follow at 7pm

Friday 24th April- Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Seminar Room, Milburn House

  • 9.00: Tea and Coffee 
  • 9.30-10.30am: Session 1: Climate Change and Security in Practice (Richard Matthew, University of California, Irvine)
  • 10.30-11.30am: Session 2: Climate Change and Human Security (Ed Page, PAIS)
  • 11.30am-12pm: Tea and Coffee
  • 12-1pm: Session 3: Climate Change and Global Governance (Matt McDonald, PAIS)
  • 1-2 pm: Lunch 
  • 2-3pm: Session 4: Risk, Vulnerability and Climate Change (John Vogler, Keele University)
  • 3-4.30pm: Session 5: Open Discussion: Climate Change and Security
Sessions 1-4 will commence with a 10-20 minute presentation on themes related to that topic by the designated speaker, followed by 40-50 minute discussion on the issues raised and the broader relationship to the climate change- security debate.
Session 5 will be an open discussion, designed to draw together the insights of the previous sessions and discuss what a future climate change-security relationship might look like in analytical and practical terms.  
For more details, please contact Dr Matt McDonald, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick , Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 23916 or e-mail:







Directions to Arden House, University of Warwick 

Directions to IAS, Milburn House