The Scenarios of Climate Change research network is exploring how society understands and imagines 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 project intends to test 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 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), The Urban Institute and the Culture and Climate Change initiative of the Mediating Change group, OpenSpace Research Centre, The Open University.

The Scenarios of Climate Change research network will hold three seminars in 2017. The first, on 7 February 2017, Energy Futures and Urban Humans will focus on urban transformations and energy system changes. We will be exploring the use of scenarios in thinking about climate-changed futures from different perspectives. The seminar will ask: what is it to live in an age described as urban and an epoch named after humans. The anthropocene thesis warns of a future where human impacts on earth systems could be even more significant than today. What are the central societal, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities now and in an uncertain future, and how might we respond?

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If you would like to take part in this or future seminars please contact Renata Tyszczuk.