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Research

Lau’s research examines different forms of global climate politics - as structures and practices - either within the UNFCCC or between states and non-state actors. The project is a contribution to the recent research agenda termed "Bourdieu in International Politics". This agenda has yet to develop a specific framework on language as practice, which this research specifically aims to do. This is done through a combination of different theoretical concepts from fraiming, narrative studies, and rhetoric with the Bourdieusian relational ontology at the centre. The project is particullary intereseted in how narratives, framing and rhetoric have both ideational and material expressions.

Present projects
  • 2015-2017: Project manager, Green Growth Dialogue.
    Purpose is to establish a new research network, strengthen green growth dialogue and policy development in the West Nordic region, and strengthen collaboration between West Nordic universities and Canadian research communities. The project is partly funded by NORA (Nordic Atlantic Cooperation).
Finished projects
  • Project member: Policy analysis of The Like-Minded Developing Countries in Climate Change, a new negotiation group in UN climate negotiations, Commissioned by Nordic Council of Ministers working group on UN climate negotiations (NOAK). Collaboration between seven researchers from Sweden, Norway, USA, China, and Denmark.
  • 2015: Project leader, Building Bridges with the African Group of Negotiators. Commmissioned by Nordic Council of Ministers working group on UN climate negotiations (NOAK). Collaboration between five researchers from Sweden, Norway, UK, and the Faroe Islands.