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P18- Two decades of analysing environmental policy discourses – lessons learnt and new perspectives

PANEL Organizers:

Peter H. Feindt, Wageningen University and Research Centre,
Reiner Keller, Chair of Sociology, University of Augsburg,

Sina Leipold (, University of Freiburg (Germany)
Georg Winkel (, University of Freiburg (Germany)


In 2005, the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning published the special issue “Does discourse matter? Discourse, power and institutions in the sustainability transition”. In the meantime, discourse analysis in the field of environmental policy and planning has evolved rapidly. Accelerating over the last few years, the analysis of environmental policy discourse has developed in three directions: refinement of methodologies, differentiation of concepts, and analysis of novel and emerging environmental discourses such as the Bio-Economy or the “Amazonian Soil”. However, an updated overview or assessment of these developments and their contribution to environmental policy analysis is currently missing. We are also lacking a systematic reflection on how the contributions to environmental discourse analysis have contributed to the development of the wider field of critical policy studies.

Against this background, the aim of the panel is to reflect on the state of the art in the discursive analysis of environmental policy. We invite papers that (1) provide critical assessments of current attempts to advance our understanding of the role of discursive processes in environmental policy, and (2) contribute to a deeper understanding of developments in environmental policy through novel empirical insights into a broad range of old and new environmental discourses.

We welcome papers that, for instance, review conceptual developments, assess or compare the contribution of single or different discursive approaches to the understanding of environmental policy. Furthermore, the panel wants to stimulate reflection on the development of environmental discourses. How significant are new discourses such as bio-economy or de-growth? Are old discourses such as environmental limits experiencing a comeback? And how are environmental discourses travelling across space and time, e.g., the uptake of the ecological modernization in China.

Discourse; Environment; Policy; Theoretical; Empirical; Methods

Faculty E2.10

SESSION 1 : 8/07/15 : 13:15-14:45

Chair: Peter Feindt, Wageningen University and Research Centre,

The Power of Unpredictability Twenty Years On: At the Intersection of Narrative Policy & Environmental Discourse Analyses

Emery Roe (, University of California Berkeley (USA)

Discursive Agency in Environmental Policy Change? An Analysis of the International Discourse on Illegal Logging

Sina Leipold (, Metodi Sotirov, Theresa Frei, Georg Winkel, University of Freiburg (Germany)

The embodied patchworks of sustainability master-signifiers

Constance Carr (, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Unpacking the politics of natural capital and associated economic metaphors in environmental policy discourse

Coffey Brian (, RMIT University (Australia)

8/07/15 : 15:00-16:30

Sina Leipold (, University of Freiburg (Germany)

 Discursive analysis of water reform in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?

Jim Donaldson (, Australian National University (Australia)

 Competing over the river: discursive analysis and environmental policy on the Rhône (France)

Joana Guerrin & Barone Sylvain (, Centre de cooperation internationale en recherche agronomique pour le developpement [CIRAD] (France)

The Impact of Sustainability Discourses on Regional Environmental Management: Contrasting New Zealand Cases

Wright Jeanette (, The University of Waikato (New Zealand)

The trees in Gezi Park: Environmental policy as the focus of democratic protests

Aysem Mert (, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen [Duisburg] (Germany)

Revealing the patriarchal sides of climate change through feminist critical discourse analysis: a case study from Nicaragua

Gonda Noémi (, Central European University (Hungary)

SESSION 3 : 8/07/15 : 17:00-18:30

Chair: Reiner Keller, Chair of Sociology, University of Augsburg,

Public Controversies, Policy Contested and the Regimes of Critique, Reflections from shale gas conflict in France
Zittoun Philippe (, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l Etat (France) & Francis Chateauraynaud, Universite Lumiere - Lyon II (France)

Hydraulic fracturing as an interpretive problem: Three approaches to energy controversies in Europe and the US

Metze Tamara ( ), Tilburg University (Netherlands) & Jennifer Dodge, University at Albany/Rockefeller College (United States)

A Genealogical Analysis of Transgenic Tree Discourse

Cettie Scott (, University of Freiburg (Germany)

Climate compatible development for triple wins: Power, knowledge and norms in an emergent policy discourse for environment and development

Elgert Laureen (, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Crisis Talk and the Wizards of Climate Engineering

Markus Lederer (, University of Muenster (Germany)

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