Corbera will explore the social scientific networks informing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Working Group III (WGIII). Based on social network analysis to identify authors’ institutional pathways and patterns of co-authorship, the presentation will show the persistence and extent of North–South inequalities in the authorship of the report. The dominance of US and UK institutions as training sites for WGIII authors, and the unevenness in co-authoring relations among WGIII authors indicates the influence of a particular epistemic community over the IPCC’s definition of mitigation. From a disciplinary perspective, economists, engineers, physicists and natural scientists remain central to the process, with insignificant participation of scholars from the humanities.
Esteve Corbera is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His research focuses on the governance of land-use management options for climate mitigation across scales, including analyses of climate-policy and biodiversity conservation related instruments, such as Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and carbon offset projects.