The European Union is believed to be an environmental leader in the international arena. To a certain extent, the academic literature supports this claim, although in a more moderate way than the EU presents itself. Moreover, scholars tend to distinguish between an EU´s actorness in environmental and climate policies.
While the leadership of the EU in environmental policy is challenged, climate leadership is widely acknowledged. Why is it so? What is the difference between environmental and climate policy in the EU context? And is the EU truly an international, if not a global, leader in climate policy?
My research focuses on how environmental and climate issues have been developing on the political agenda of the EU in the period of 1993-2023 and how the agenda-setting of the environmental and climate issues can contribute to the knowledge about the leadership aspect of the EU.
This seminar is open to all staff, researchers and students who may be interested in the topic. Light refreshments will be provided after the talk.
This event is hosted by Ngā Ara Whetū: Centre for Climate, Bioversity and Society.
About the speaker:
Eliška Ullrichová is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. She finished her Ph.D. in Area studies in 2022 analyzing issue hierarchization in agenda-setting of the European Union. Eliska´s expertise lies in agenda-setting and environmental politics of the EU. She is visiting Ngā Ara Whetū under the GEOCEP (Global Excellence in Modelling Climate and Energy Policies) project. In 2018-2022, Eliska was a junior researcher focusing on water diplomacy in Horizon 2020: Using Science in/for Diplomacy Addressing Global Challenges and, in 2018-2021, Eliska was awarded Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (SYLFF) for junior academics by Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and The Nippon Foundation.