Climate obstruction in Russia: Online talk on Russia media on 12 March

On 12 March, FLOWISION will cooperate with the Russian Media Lab’s Online talks on Russian media, which is hosting Marianna Poberezhskaya from Nottingham Trent University, presenting her research (co-authored with Ellie Martus, Griffith University) on “Climate obstruction in Russia: Surviving resource dependent economy, authoritarian regime and disappearing civil society“.

Russia is one of the world’s largest fossil fuel producer-exporters and the fourth-largest global emitter of greenhouse gases. It is widely regarded as a laggard in its climate policy commitments and has been a reluctant participant in global climate negotiations. Despite a long tradition of climate research dating back to the Soviet era, policy action on climate change has faced opposition from a range of actors who have sought to obstruct or delay such action on economic, political, and ideological grounds. Furthermore, being an authoritarian state Russia’s own political regime also contributes to climate obstruction. The current isolation of the country since its invasion of Ukraine appears to offer new opportunities for climate obstruction as the country finds itself excluded from the policy negotiations. This talk will address the knowledge gap in the history of climate obstruction in Russia and offer a comprehensive analysis of the current key actors and institutions involved, including the largest fossil fuel companies, such as Rosneft and Gazprom; a powerful industry association, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE); the networks of bureaucratic actors centred on the Ministry for Energy; and government elites, starting at the very top with a look at President Vladimir Putin.

The Online talk will be held on Zoom on March 12 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you wish to participate and receive emails with updates about the future online talks, please leave your contact information by March, 11 (noon) at the registration form. If you have already subscribed to the Online talks mailing list, you don’t need to register again: you will receive further information via email.

Speaker’s bio: Marianna Poberezhskaya, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Poberezhskaya’s research interests include environmental communication, climate skepticism, geoengineering, and national climate governance. Since 2009, she has been studying authoritarian regimes and their approaches to climate change discourse, including extensive research on official and media climate discourses in Russia. She is currently involved in research projects in Central Asia and Jordan. Her recent publications include ‘Soviet and Russian perspectives on geoengineering and climate management’ (with J.D. Oldfield) in WIREs Climate Change (2023), ‘Russian climate scepticism: an understudied case’ (with T. Ashe) in Climatic Change (2022), ‘Reconciling climate change leadership with resource nationalism and regional vulnerabilities: a case-study of Kazakhstan’ (with N. Danilova) in Environmental Politics (2021).

Moderator: Olga Dovbysh (University of Helsinki)

Online talk on Russian Media is a collaborative initiative between Russian Media Lab Network, University of Helsinki, and Tampere Research Centre for Russian and Chinese Media.

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