How to Deal with Environmental Crises? The Interdependence of Acute and Latent Challenges in Times of Polycrisis

Conference of the Leibniz Research Network „Environmental Crisis – Crisis Environments: The Contestation and Governance of Environmental Changes as Crisis“ (CrisEn)

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A whole series of risky, interrelated environ­mental changes threaten the well-being of the planet and human livelihoods. In current times, acute as well as long-term, latent crises emerge and exist inter­dependently and parallelly. Acute crises, like violent conflicts, humanitarian crises or unexpected disasters, need rapid joint action and response. Long-term crises, like the climate crisis, additionally pose serious challenges to the entire globe. While it might be difficult to draw a clear line between the different forms of crises, both simul­taneously need social and political handling to address the increasingly dys­functional relationship between people and their social and political environment. The goal of the Conference of the Leibniz Research Network „Environ­mental Crisis – Crisis Environ­ments: The Contestation and Governance of Environ­mental Changes as Crisis“ (CrisEn) is to discuss how acute and latent crises can be dealt with together. The network generally analyses various forms of crisis and discusses how specifically changes in the environment are understood and/or (not) con­ceptualised as crisis. Fifteen different institutes of the Leibniz Association study this broad topic from an inter­disciplinary angle. The conference deals with theoretical approaches as well as with concrete empirical cases of acute and less acute crises as well as their interactions. The conference brings together senior experts and early career researchers and it invites active practitioners in order to discuss viable policy implications with them.


When: 26 February 2024, 13.30 – 17.30 and 27 February 2024, 9.00 to 13.00
Where: Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Baseler Str. 27-31, 60329 Frankfurt am Main


We kindly ask you to register and indicate the days of you participation via email to bannan-fischer @prif .org


Visit the Virtual Book Stand (soon to come)



Monday, 26 February 2024

13.30 | Arrival & Welcoming Snack

14.00 | Welcome Note by the Conference Organizers

14.30 – 15.30 | Keynote & Discussion

  • Turning Environmental Crises into Risks to Prevent Catastrophes? – Jochen Schanze (IÖR)

15.30 – 16.00 | Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 | Panel I: Rural Development in Crises

  • Land use diversification to enhance livelihood resilience in the face of climatic Change in Ethiopia – Shibire Bekele Eshetu et al. (ZALF)
  • Behavioral and welfare impact of cool roof intervention in Burkina Faso – Mekdim D. Regassa (IGZ)
  • Wine, Trade, and Politics – Crisis as a Driver of Transformation for the Wine Sector in Armenia and Georgia – Miranda Svanidze et al. (IAMO)

Organized and moderated by Tilman Brück (IGZ), Katharina Löhr (ZALF) & Stefan Sieber (ZALF).


Tuesday, 27 February 2024

9.00 – 10.30 | Panel II: Environment and Conflict

  • Environmental Peacebuilding: Fostering a Climate for Peace through Conflict-sensitive Adaptation and Climate-sensitive Mediation – Stefanie Wesch (PIK)
  • Climate Impact of the Russian war in UkrainePatrick Flamm (PRIF) and Stefan Kroll (PRIF)
  • The Covid-19-Pandemic and Conflict – Sabine Kurtenbach (GIGA)

Organized and moderated by Stefan Kroll (PRIF) and Laura Bannan-Fischer (PRIF).

10.30 – 11.00 | Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 | Panel III: Politics and Polarization in the Face of a Changing Climate

  • Who puts climate change on the agenda? Voters, candidates, and extreme weather events – Alexia Katsanidou et al. (GESIS)
  • The rise of the right in times of crisis Daniel Mullis (PRIF)
  • EU initiatives on the climate crisis, the insurance gap for climate disasters, and findings on public opinion on climate change – Hanni Schölermann (ECB)

Organized and moderated by Christina Eder (GESIS) and Stefan Kroll (PRIF).

12.30 – 13.00 | Wrap-Up & Way Ahead

13.00 – 14.00 | Light Lunch