Type: Public event

CANCELED: Shale politics in Europe: Policy and protest

Date & time

Apr 8, 2015, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

This event has been CANCELED.

About the lecture:
The development of shale gas, especially through hydraulic fracturing (or 'fracking') has become increasingly important and contested. While much as been written on shale extraction policy in the US, coverage of shale politics and policy in Europe is less well known. In this talk Elizabeth Bomberg will explore the politics surrounding shale exploration in Europe, focusing on a series of core questions: Why has shale extraction become so contested in Europe? How important is shale to Europe's energy mix? Why have different European states adopted such different positions on shale extraction? What role will the European Union (EU) play in shaping shale development in its member states? Throughout the talk Dr. Bomberg will make comparisons to shale developments and politics in the US.

From the speaker's bio:
Elizabeth Bomberg was born in California and moved to Scotland in the 1990s. She is currently senior lecturer (associate professor) and Deputy Head of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She serves as associate director of the University's Global Environmental and Society Academy (GESA) and directs the MSc program in Global Environment, Politics and Society. Her area of expertise is comparative environmental politics and policy, with a substantive focus on movements, climate change, energy, and sustainable development, and a geographic emphasis on the European Union. She is currently researching the politics of shale, especially issues linked to activism, regulation, and risk. She is also involved in an AHRC project on church-based climate activism.

See recent CLOSUP Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy Report by Elizabeth Bomberg "Shale Governance in the European Union:  Principles and Practice" http://closup.umich.edu/shale-governance-european-union-principles-and-practice

Sponsored by: 
The University of Michigan Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

Co-sponsored by:
University of Michigan Program in the Environment (PitE)

For more information contact Bonnie Roberts [email protected] or call 734-647-4091.