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Land Economy Students at the UN Climate Change Negotiations

last modified Jun 13, 2016 12:00 PM
A team of three postgraduate students in the Department of Land Economy's Environmental Policy MPhil have been undertaking field research at the Bonn Climate Change Conference this May thanks to funding from the Department's Graduate Conference & Travel Grant.

The conference has been taking place as the 44th Subsidiary Bodies meetings to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is the opportunity for assessment, review, and negotiating advice on implementation and technical and scientific matters relating to the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and now the historic Paris Agreement.  The conference is attended by the parties to the Convention as well as researchers and civil society.

Andrea Hurtado Epstein, Stephanie La Hoz Theuer, and Alexandra Scott, Environmental Policy MPhil Students have been attending the conference as observers. The students are completing their MPhil Dissertations in climate change policy and politics and have benefited from the opportunity to interview party negotiators and other researchers.

Participating in the Bonn Conference has added great value to my research. It was an amazing opportunity to get a first hand look at the way negotiations under the UNFCCC are conducted, and interview a number of delegates and experts about my dissertation’s topic. Their inputs definitely enriched my perspective

Andrea Hurtado Epstein, who is currently writing her dissertation on loss and damage from the adverse impacts of climate change.

The students’ participation in the Bonn Climate Change Conference follows their attendance at the COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris last December. A group of eight Environmental Policy MPhil students travelled to Paris together to take part in civil society side events as the historic Paris Agreement was negotiated.



One of the students, Alexandra Scott also helped to organise and acted as rapporteur for a climate law and governance roundtable side event organised by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and Centre for International Governance Innovation. This roundtable was aimed at identifying the climate law and governance priorities for advancing the Paris agreement, and setting a dialogue and capacity building agenda.