The political deliberation and governance of geoengineering technologies is, to date, very restricted, despite various calls for political discussion of these very complex, highly consequential approaches. This opens a vacuum concerning the basis upon which to make governance decisions for climate engineering. The discussion of climate engineering – both of its possibilities and its (social) risks – takes place mainly in academic circles in the UK, the US and Germany. Based on a constructivist approach of International Relations (IR) as well as frame theory from communications studies, this poster presents a framework to study the potential impact of this strongly academia-centered discussion on the future governance of geoengineering. The poster draws on several strands of constructivist theory as well as empirical discourse and frame analyses of other emerging technologies and climate change. Based on this, the argument is made that, if a dominant frame exists in the mainly academic discussion on geoengineering, this might be picked up by decision-makers in a situation characterized by uncertainty and urgency, thus bolstering on of two possible extremes of governance decision: either a complete moratorium of geoengineering or an all-out development of one or more of these approaches. Sessions: “Communicating climate engineering” or “Climate engineering governance”
Judith Kreuter is Research Fellow at the Chair for International Relations at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, and associated PhD candidate at the German Research Foundation Priority Programme "Climate Engineering". Her research focuses on the framing of climate engineering and the role of academic experts in political decision-making. After graduating with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg, she studied the master’s program “International Studies/ Peace and Conflict Research” at the Universities of Frankfurt/ Main and Darmstadt. Subsequently, she worked at the Political Science Institute at the University of Münster. She teaches courses at undergraduate and graduate level on International Relations theory, environmental and climate change governance and international and global technology politics.