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Designing for Democratic Engagement: Climate Emergency

Thursday 17 March 2022, 9.30 to 11.00am

How might democracy be reconfigured to respond to climate emergency?

When we think about adaptation to climate change there are reasons to think that current forms of liberal representative democracy linked to the defined boundaries of nation states and expressed through delegation of authority to professionals will not suffice.

In this event – the second in our Designing for Democratic Engagement series – we are joined by a panel of speakers who will each draw on their research and practice to suggest different ways democracy and climate emergency might be configured.

Professor Robyn Eckersley will draw on her current work on democracy and climate emergency and elaborate on her conceptualization of Ecological Democracy 3.0, where democracy responds to a more expansive ontology of human-environment relationships.

Dr Vickoria Spaiser will share her recent work on norms and how people change their habits in the context of climate adaption and carbon reduction.

Henry McGhie, founded Curating Tomorrow in 2019 to empower museums to contribute more effectively to sustainable development agendas, including the SDGs, climate action, biodiversity conservation, human rights and Disaster Risk Reduction and will explore how human rights and environment rights can be mobilised to transition museums.

Questions explored might include:

• How might democracy evolve to consider the more-than-human?

• How might our understandings of democratic practice be expanded to consider everyday actions and behaviour?

• What examples of innovative practice are there that might inspire research and activism?

• What are the implications of these ideas and practices for change at an organizational level?

How to book

This event will be held online on Zoom. It is free to attend but booking is essential.

Book your place.

About the event series

The Design for Democratic Engagement series co-organised by Centre for Democratic Engagement and the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.


Takver. Melbourne Global climate strike on Sep 20, 2019. Via Wikimedia Commons licenced as Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.