Environmental Policy II – An introduction to survey design and experiments for studying climate change mitigation and food systems transformation
The global food system is responsible for more than 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Especially the production and consumption of animal products damage the climate and cause large-scale deforestation, land-use changes, and biodiversity loss. In the first part of the semester, we will have a look at how environmental and agri-food policies interact. In particular, we study to what extent the transformation of the global food system in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate targets faces political feasibility challenges and how these could be resolved. The students will learn and discuss theories from environmental political psychology, environmental political economy, and environmental political sociology. In the second part, the course offers students an empirical toolbox on how to study environmental policy questions using surveys and survey experiments. The course teaches the fundamental theoretical premises and methods of public opinion surveys and survey experiments. We start with the theoretical foundations of the formation of (public) opinion formation and its role in policymaking. We discuss how stable individuals’ political attitudes are and how they interact with elite preferences.
|Dr. Lukas Fesenfeld
|12:15 - 14:00
|2. Etage, B202
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