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Policy makers, businesses, NGOs and civil society are all struggling with thinking about the future under climate change. The future doesn’t exist yet, but ideas about the future do, and these ideas have real impacts on ideas and plans that are being made in the present.
Scenario participants create scenario-guided policy analysis on the future of food security and the environment under climate change in Southeast Asia. Photo: E. van de Grift
RE-IMAGINE builds on the CCAFS Scenarios Project climate foresight expertise with global climate governance expertise from Wageningen University & Research and the University of Oxford, and a bridge between foresight and climate governance provided by Utrecht University.
The scheme to the left visualizes this three year process. After developing the analytical framework, the project team will collaborate closely with the CCAFS network and regional partners UCI, ICRISAT, GIZ and ICCCAD to design and test new anticipatory processes.
The results of the regional scenario processes will be cross-regionally analysed in WP 6. A Scientific Advisory Committee consisting of leading foresight and governance researchers provides advice throughout the project.
So whose ideas on the future determine the actions being taken in present? Whose ideas matter? Who’s involved? Who’s excluded? Are conversations about climate futures happening at the right time vis-a-vis policy and decision making, and what kinds of methods and scientific approaches are being used to think about what the future may bring? The RE-IMAGINE project brings together two research communities: scientists who seek to help policy makers think about future climate scenarios on the one hand, and social scientists whose job it is to critically investigate climate politics and policy on the other. So far these communities haven’t really been connected, and they have a lot to learn from each other. We believe that their combined insights can be used to make thinking about climate futures a lot more inclusive, fair and effective.
Led by Joost Vervoort (Utrecht University) and Aarti Gupta (Wageningen University & Research), RE-IMAGINE investigates ways in which future scenarios can lead to appropriate and effective modes of governance in the world’s most vulnerable regions, and serve as useful for decision making tools in developing countries.