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Citizens’ assemblies for the climate : a political or technocratic response to the ecological challenge?

8 septembre 2022 - 9 h 00 min - 9 septembre 2022 - 16 h 00 min

Citizens’ assemblies for the climate : a political or technocratic response to the ecological challenge?

A growing number of citizens assemblies for the climate have been organized in recent years, at local, regional and national level. In France, the Citizens Convention for the Climate has been widely discussed in the media, the ecological movements, and the political sphere. In the UK, similar events have been organized. One of the 4 citizens panels organized by the EU in the frame of the Conference on the Future of Europe is dealing with the climate. Actors who have promoted this democratic innovation are quite diverse: local and national governments, senior public servants and opposition parties (especially on the Left and among the Greens), radical social movement organizations such as Extinction rebellion, grassroots activists and bloggers, consultants specialized in the moderation of randomly selected minipublics, foundations, public intellectuals, etc. An international network, the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA), has been created convening policy makers, NGOs and academics to develop assembly practice. The political and institutional contexts within which climate assemblies have been organized have widely differed from one place to the other. The procedures, although partly similar, also have sharp contrasts. Should we consider climate assemblies as a single or diverse phenomenon? Is this phenomenon only a fashion? Does it represent a meaningful political answer to the ecological challenge?

EU PHOENIX research project, Maison française d’Oxford, Paris-Lumières University,

Paris 8 university, KNOCA, Nuffield College

In cooperation with Paris Est University, Oxpo (Oxford-Sciences Po Paris Programme), CRESPPA-CSU, the French Ambassy in the UK

Conveners:  Yves Sintomer (CRESPPA/Nuffield College/DPIR), Graham Smith (University of Westminster/KNOCA)

Scientific coordination: Selma Tilikete (Paris 8 University/CRESPPA), Eve Boulanger (CRESPPA)


September 7th, 7:30 p.m. Welcoming Dinner (buffet) at The All Bar One. All participants are welcome.

September 8th, Nuffield College

8:45: Welcoming participants (with coffee, tea and cakes)

9:00: Welcome: Giovanni Allegretti (PHOENIX); Jamie Draper (Nuffield College); Susan Brown (Oxford City Council); Emilie Frenkiel (Paris Est University); Pascal Marty (MFO)

9:15. Panel 1. Introduction to themes of conference.

Chair: Jamie Draper (Nuffield College)

Speakers: Graham Smith (University of Westminster/KNOCA); Yves Sintomer (CRESPPA/Nuffield College/DPIR)

Discussant: Claudia Chwalisz (DemocracyNext)

10:45 Coffee/tea

11:00. Panel 2. Lessons from the French Citizens Convention for the Climate

Chair: Giovanni Allegretti (CES Coimbra/PHOENIX)

Speakers: Judith Ferrando (Missions publiques); Lise Deshautel (Consultant on climate policies and citizen participation, Advisor to the governance committee of the French Citizen’s Assembly for Climate); Laurent Jeanpierre (Panthéon-Sorbonne University)

Discussant: Manuel Cervera-Marzal (Liège University)

13:00. Lunch (buffet) at Nuffield college

14:30. Panel 3. Lessons from other climate assemblies

Chair: Marie-Hélène Bacqué (Université Paris Nanterre University, LAVUE)

Speakers: Rebecca Willis (Lancaster University); Oliver Escobar (The University of Edinburgh); Clodagh Harris (Cork University); Eva Rovers (Bureau Burgerberaad)

Discussant: Naoyuki Mikami (Hokkaido University)

16 :30 Coffe/tea

16:45. Panel 4. Lessons from European and transnational climate assemblies/panels

Chair: Kalypso Nicolaïdis (School of Transnational Governance, EUI, Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford)

Speakers: Claire Mellier-Wilson (Global Climate Assembly); Ernesto Ganuza (CSIC Madrid); Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul (Common Secretariat of The Conference On the Future of Europe at European Commission); Azucena Moran (IASS Potsdam)

Discussant: Amy Dahan (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris)

18:45. End of first day

19:15. Dinner (buffet) at Nuffield College


September 9th, Maison Française d’Oxford 

8:45. Welcoming participants ((with coffee, tea and croissants)

9:00. Panel 5. Bringing in future generations and non-humans

Chair: Cécile Laborde (Nuffield College)

Speakers: Roman Krznaric (Long Now Foundation); Emilie Gaillard (Science Po Rennes); Mathijs van de Sande (Radboud University Nijmegen Netherland)

Discussants: Nabila Abbas (CRESPPA/ PHOENIX), Samuel Hayat (CNRS-affiliated Research Fellow at CEVIPOF-Sciences Po)

11 :00. Coffee/tea

11:15. Panel 6. Sortition and climate: elective affinities?

Chair: Florence Faucher (Science Po Paris/Oxpo)

Speakers: Maxime Gaborit (Saint Louis University/ Brussels-Crespo/Science Po Paris); Selma Tilikete (Paris 8 University/MFO) ; Stephen Elstub (Newcastle University)

Discussants: Stuart White (Jesus College, University of Oxford), Fee Helen Kirsch (European University Institute)

13:05. Lunch (buffet) at the Maison française

14:00. Panel 7. Climate assemblies and politics

Chair: David Miller (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

Speakers: Carsten Berg (ECI (European Citizens’ Initiative/European University Institute); Justin Kenrick (, Anthropologist, XR); Colin Scicluna (EU commission, Co-Head of the CoFE’s Common Secretariat, Vice President Suica’s Chief of Staff);

Discussant: Lionel Cordier (Paris 8 University)

15:30. General conclusion.

Chair: Emilie Frenkiel (Paris Est University)

David Owen (University of Southampton); Zeynep Pamuk (LSE); Claudia Chwalisz (DemocracyNext)

16:00. End of the conference

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Début :
8 septembre 2022 - 9 h 00 min
Fin :
9 septembre 2022 - 16 h 00 min
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