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Climate Change in Africa

Social and Political Impacts, Conflicts, and Strategies

Edited By Bettina Engels and Kristina Dietz

This volume deals with the consequences of climate change and issues of international climate policy relating to Africa from a social science perspective. The contributions by international authors question dominant political approaches and key concepts of the climate debate. They explain how the effects of climate change are linked to existing social, economic and political-institutional structures and action by the State. The authors show how social movements in Africa shape climate policy «from below». The volume serves as an introduction into climate change in Africa. It wants to stimulate a critical debate on dominant strategies and points out that there can be no simple answers to the complex socio-ecological and political challenges linked to climate change in Africa.

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Kristina Dietz holds a PhD in political sciences. Together with Bettina Engels she is the director of the Junior Research Group “Global Change and Local Conflicts? Conflicts over Land in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa in the Context of Interdependent Transformation Processes” at Freie Universität Berlin.

Bettina Engels is Assistant Professor for Conflict Studies focusing on sub-Saharan Africa at Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin. Together with Kristina Dietz she is the director of the Junior Research Group “Global Change and Local Conflicts? Conflicts over Land in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa in the Context of Interdependent Transformation Processes” at Freie Universität Berlin.

Sybille Bauriedl is a Research Fellow at the University of Bonn, Department of Geography. Her research focuses on conflicts over land use and gender relations in the context of international climate and energy politics in Germany and East Africa.

Patrick Bond is Professor of Political Economy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2004 until 2016 he directed the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. His research focuses on Political Economy, Political Ecology, and social movement advocacy.

Chinma George is an economist and holds a master in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Port Harcourt. She is the founder of “ClimFinance Consulting”, a knowledge think tank that conducts research on climate change in Africa and proffers solutions on how...

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