Informational Governance & Climate Action

WEBINAR 20 Sept 2022


As the information revolution continues, climate change remains high on public and political agendas around the world. Informational governance is a relatively new analytical concept explaining societal changes appearing in the Information age, resulting from new patterns of information flows.  These two topics are rarely connected, but information plays a crucial role in dealing with climate change and thereby empowering governments and citizens to take action.


The main aim of this webinar is to identify the emerging issues in this new interdisciplinary field, with a particular focus on climate action science. This webinar will bring together different interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in exploring how information is changing the way society is engaging with climate change.
On the basis of these discussions, a proposal for a special issue on “Informational Governance and Climate Action” will be sent to the journal Climate Action. Topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate information construction in policy processes
  • Polycentric climate governance
  • New ways of measuring granular climatic data
  • New global arrangements, and public engagement in the Information Age
  • Other
Climate Action Journal

Application & Registration

Interested participants must send a 250 word abstract together with their registration containing:

  • Full name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact details
  • Names and institutions of potential co-authors/ collaboration partners

The abstract should briefly describe the scope of the proposed contribution, the main objectives and how these relate to the broader field of infomational climate governance, as well as some details about the empirical and/or theoretical approaches used.

If your abstract is selected,  you will have to present it during the webinar.

Please submit your abstracts by Friday, 16th of September 2022 to hce@uni-heidelberg.de
You will get a notification of acceptance soon after.

Preliminary Program


4.00 - 4.10 pm Welcome - Goals and Expectations
4.10 - 4.20 pm Impulse Talk: The Governance Perspective Prof. Jale Tosun
4.20 - 4.30 pm  Impulse Talk: New Developments in High-Resolution GHG Emissions and Concentration Information Prof. André Butz
4.30 - 6.00 Elevator Pitches of Article Ideas 
6.00 - 6.15 Collection of topics for the special issue


Prof. Dr. Jale Tosun

Institute of Political Science

Bergheimer Str. 58, Room 03.045
69115 Heidelberg

Jale Tosun

Prof. Dr. André Butz

Institute of Environmental Physics

Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
69120 Heidelberg


Dr. Maximilian Jungmann

Climate Action Science| Momentum Novum

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1

Max Jungmann

Dr. Spyros Bakas

Springer Nature Publishing Editor Climate Action

Tiergartenstrasse 17
69121 Heidelberg                                                                                                                                                          

Spyros Bakas