ZenTraClim: Climate Change and Transnational Policy

Project staff: Michael Flitner (project managment), Heiko Garrelts, Friederike Gesing, Ina Lehmann
Duration: 01/2013 - 06/2018
Funding: Stiftung Mercator


ZenTra has been established in October 2011 and has been officially opended in its current structure with six research groups in October 2012. ZenTraClim is a joint initiative of Stiftung Mercator, the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the University of Bremen.

The Working Group "ZenTraClim": Climate Change and Transnational Policy deals with the role for climate change of transnational activities and of the formation of norms both at the individual and the collective level.

ZenTraClim deals with the role of transnational activities for climate change and of the formation of norms both at the individual and the collective level. Transnational activities of non-government agents (individuals, firms, NGOs, community networks, industrial associations etc.) may affect the mitigation of climate change both favorably and unfavorably. At the level of individual actors, multi-national firms can evade sub-global regulations of climate-relevant activities, leading to the phenomenon of carbon leakage. At the level of collective action, activities of NGOs or transnational municipal networks can complement and support climate policy.

Overall, the issues pertinent to ZenTraClim can be arranged along the dimensions public/collective vs. private/individual and actions/consequences vs. values/norms. These two dimensions define the conceptual framework in which the individual projects of ZenTraClim are organized. So far, there are the following project groups:

  • Transnational networks in climate policy
    (Principal investigator: M. Flitner)

  • Subglobal climate policy and carbon leakage
    (Principal investigator: C. Böhringer
  • Legal aspects of transnational climate networks
    (Principal investigator: T. Markus
  • Transnational value change and climate policy preferences
    (Principal investigator: H. Welsch)