Reflections on the research project ’Ethics and Energy’: how the turn to bottom-up climate governance also rendered non-state actors responsible for climate change

#SEC LECTURE, 11.12.20
Presentation: Kristian Høyer Toft, PhD
Date/Time: 11.12.20, 11:30
Place: Zoom

The talk gives a presentation of a recently finalized reseach projekt on ’ethics and energy’ (2014-2019) funded by the Independent Research Foundation Denmark. The project focused on how Danish society has made the energy transition from the 1960s until today. A main outcome of the project is a monograph on Routledge entitled ’Ethics in Danish Energy Policy’ (2020). The project was interdisciplinary and conducted in collaboration between researchers from philosophy (the principal investigator), from history and environmental planning.
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