Geoengineering is the technofix to climate change – a complex, contentious and high-stakes proposal that, in the absence of credible long-term global emissions reduction, cannot be overlooked. Anita's PhD project adopts a sustainability perspective within which scenarios are often used in the management of long-term, complex, and uncertain issues. It investigates how a scenario exercise can inform sustainable geoengineering governance in Australia.
This seminar provides an overview of the thesis and a detailed view of one chapter in which a meta-analysis of geoengineering scenarios is undertaken. The chapter finds that the treatment of geoengineering within existing scenario-based research does not align with sustainability concepts due to an emphasis on technological solutions, a focus on global effects and actions rather than local or regional issues, and portrayal of only a narrow range of perspectives.