United Nations agreements such as the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement are giving education policy an unprecedented role of significance in catalyzing public support for climate action. Learning about the influence of policy actors in shaping UN CCE policy programs improves our understanding of the mechanisms of intergovernmental policy program governance in relation to CCE program quality and impact.
This research project examines influences on the development and direction of UN policy programs related to climate change communication and education (CCE). These influences include policy actors such as national and subnational governments, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks, foundations, corporations, and other actors from civil society; as well as the meetings, meetings infrastructures through which they interact with UN policy programs. The study uses network ethnography to look at the hows, wheres, and whys of the influences of policy actors, through a variety of methods including web audits, social media tracking, and interviewing key policy actors.
In addition to informing decision-making in CCE policy program design and strengthening our collective ability to combat climate change through education, the study is also advancing the scholarly literature on the governance of global education policy programs that are targeting the climate crisis.