Just Transitions: Power and Politics

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

Year: 2020

In this final session of the Just Transition Research Collaborative webinar series, the focus is on power and politics and unpack what has happened to Just Transitions in the five years since the Paris Agreement was adopted. The session explores whether and how narratives of Just Transition have changed in that time, in terms of their ambitions, inclusiveness and the issues they address.

Looking at more recent developments such as the Covid-19 pandemic, panelists reflect on emerging discussions around the value of different kinds of work and the potential for using moments of crisis and change as an opportunity to put economies on a different, fairer, low-carbon path.


  • Anabella Rosemberg, International Programme Director, Greenpeace International
  • Dinga Sikwebu, South African labour activist and researcher, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
  • Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Senior Researcher, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Mijin Cha, Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College
  • Moderator: Dimitris Stevis, Professor of Politics, Colorado State University
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