Podcasts and Webinars

Our associates regularly contribute to a wide-range of webinars and podcasts. Here you will find a selection of some of their up-to-date appearances.

Legislating for Climate Action on the Island of Ireland

2021 year is a busy year for climate action. Ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow in November, the Environmental Governance Island of Ireland Network organised a discussion with Anurag Deb (QUB) and Diarmuid Torney (DCU), together with Viviane Gravey (QUB) on recent efforts to legislate for climate action on the island of Ireland: the new Irish Climate Act 2021 and the two proposed Climate Bills currently under scrutiny by the Northern Irish Assembly. Both jurisdictions on the island have a history of environmental inaction and being laggards in climate action.

How do these new/proposed laws compare between each others and with Climate Laws around Europe? Are they ambitious enough in the face of the ongoing climate emergency? What opportunities is there to build cross-border and all-island climate action?

Climate Change: European responses to a global challenge

The COP26 meeting, hosted by the UK in November, will turn the spotlight on the global challenge of tackling climate change.

Two of our Brexit & Environment co-chairs spoke at a webinar co-organised by the Federal Trust, the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung and the Global Policy Institute on 12th October 2021.  During the webinar, the expert panel discussed the public policy responses to this challenge by the EU, the UK and Germany. Among the questions discussed were:  Will a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic be possible? What is the impact of Brexit for the UK’s and European climate policy?


Professor Charlotte Burns
Professor of Politics; Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Sheffield

Professor Andy Jordan
Professor of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia

Prof Dr Andreas Goldthau
Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy of the Willy Brandt School at the University of Erfurt; and Research Group Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Source: Federal Trust

Climate change and COP26

This event was part of UKiCE’s Spotlight on G7 mini-series, which took place on Friday 11 and Monday 14 June. At this webinar, speakers discussed international climate change and COP26. 

  • Andy Jordan, Professor of Environmental Policy, University of East Anglia and Brexit & Environment Network co-chair
  • Bernice Lee, Founding Director of the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy and Research Director, Futures at Chatham House
  • Elisabetta Cornago, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
  • Johannes Urpelainen, Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Nav Dubash, Professor at Centre for Policy Research
  • Chair: Jill Rutter, Senior Research Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe

Air Date: 14th June 2021

Source: UK in a Changing Europe 

Source: UK in a Changing Europe
How is Brexit Impacting UK-Wide Climate Policies?

The UK formally left the EU at the end of 2020 when both sides struck a new trade and cooperation agreement.  

In this Tyndall Centre podcast, Prof. Andy Jordan talks about the impacts of Brexit on climate and environmental policies. What does this new relationship mean for the climate and environmental policies in the UK and in the EU?

Source: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Air Date: 1st March 2021 

The two online discussions  (below) were the first of a series of workshops organised by the brand new ESRC-IRC funded Environmental Governance Island of Ireland network co-chaired by Dr Viviane Gravey (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr Finbarr Brereton (University College Dublin). They were supported by Northern Ireland Environment Link, Brexit & Environment, the Environment Justice Network Ireland and the Irish Environmental Network.

The Protocol and the Environment session 1

Understanding the new rules that govern relationships between these islands: The Protocol, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and what it means for Northern Ireland.

  • Prof Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast 
  • Prof David Phinnemore, Queen’s University Belfast

Air Date: 15th February 2021

Source: Queens University, Belfast; Brexit&Environment

The Protocol and the Environment session 2

What these new rules mean for the environment, in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK.

  • Dr Viviane Gravey (Queen’s University Belfast) 
  • Dr Mary Dobbs (Maynooth University)

Air Date: 15th February 2021

Source: Queens University, Belfast; Brexit&Environment

Protecting environmental progress after Brexit? Strategies of policy regression and progression

Over four years after the 2016 Referendum, EU-UK Brexit negotiations have reached a critical juncture. Drawing on a brand new report commissionedby Friends of the Earth UK, this presentation will reflect on current and new UK and EU framings of environmental progression and regression after the end of the Brexit transition period in January 2021.  It will compare the practical steps taken by the UKgovernment to demonstrate and embed progress – and/or indeed avoid forms of regression such as de-regulation – both in domestic law and international agreements, and consider how governments and civil society can work together to safeguard existing protectionsand further an agenda based on continuing environmental policy progress.

  • Professor Andy Jordan, Brexit & Environment

Air date: 11th November 2020

Source: The Tyndall Centre

Protecting progress: Ambition or regression in environmental policy?

How can we come to a better understanding of environmental progress? How can we define it? How can we guarentee it? How can we prevent it from being lost? This webinar hosted by Friends of the Earth (Kierra Box) on preventing environmental non-regression with expert speakers including our associate, Andy Jordan. 

  • Professor Andy Jordan, Brexit & Environment 
  • David Bladock, IEEP 
  • Susan D. Shaw, Livinglaw

This event accompanied the the launch of our commissioned (Friends of the Earth) report on the level playing field 

Air date: 29th September 2020

Source: Friends of the Earth

The UK internal market after Brexit: ensuring a ‘race to the top’ for the environment?

What will be the impact of the Internal Market Bill for environmental policy and outcomes? What would a “race to the top” look like? How will environmental ambition be reconciled with a need to do trade deals? This wide-ranging webinar, hosted by the Insitute for Government provides answers to these questions and draws on expertise from:

  • Martin Harper, Director of Global Conservation at the RSPB
  • Dr Viviane Gravey, Brexit & Environment/Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Emily Lydgate, Senior Lecturer in environmental law at the University of Sussex
  • Gail Soutar, Chief Adviser on EU Exit and International Trade at the National Farmers’ Union
  • Chaired by Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government

Air Date: 28th September 2020

Source: Institute for Government