Culture and
Climate Change

Culture and Climate Change is working with a network of individuals and institutions interested in climate change issues. We recognise that cross-disciplinary and more culturally rooted work will need to play a much more prominent role in shaping humanity’s responses to the risks associated with climate change. We have convened an exceptional group of researchers from across design, technology, humanities, social and natural sciences, as well as drawing on the experience of representatives from industry, policy, media and the arts. This network nourishes the workshops, seminars and events organized around the different Culture and Climate Change projects: Recordings, Narratives and Scenarios.

Most recently, the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures has supported the creation of an academic research network around the theme of Scenarios. During 2017 we will hold three research seminars bringing together a broad mix of perspectives to consider the prospect of living with uncertain and climate-changed futures. Please return to this page in the future for further details.

The Scenarios of Climate Change research network is exploring how society understands and represents climate-changed futures.

Scenarios are a common method for getting a better grip on the future. Many strands of climate research and action deal with uncertain futures through recourse to scenarios. These include the predictive modeling used by foresight industries, disaster management and climate risk insurance as well as the contingency planning and adaptation projects for urban resilience. The processes and public communications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also rely heavily on scenarios.

The Scenarios network will explore the ways in which integrating more culturally rooted approaches into the creation and deliberation of climate change scenarios can help to fill important gaps in research, policy and public conversations about uncertain futures. The Scenarios network aims to produce a broad picture of how scenarios are used in the discussion of climate change, but also to examine how and why a range of disciplines use scenarios differently.

The Scenarios of Climate Change research network is supported by the GO fund, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. It is a collaboration between the School of Architecture (SSoA) and The Urban Institute, University of Sheffield and the Mediating Change group at the OpenSpace Research Centre, The Open University.