We are witnessing a shift in the climate policy debate. Many actors opposed to ambitious climate policy no longer deny the seriousness of the issue, or the cause of it. Instead, they often advocate a delayed ‘just’ energy transition avoiding societal and economic change now, moving it rather to an unspecified future. Such strategies can include advocating a cautious approach dependent on future technological advances that avoid societal and economic change in the present.

A broad consensus over pursuing a ‘Just Transition’ to ‘Net Zero’ hides significant contestation, including between those advocating ambitious climate strategy and those opposing it, either outright or through a strategy of delayed policy and delayed policy implementations.

On 22 September we invite you to a keynote lecture by prof. Jennie C. Stephens entitled Technological Innovation (and Climate Isolationism) as “Climate Delayism” followed by a panel discussion on the strategies of denial visible in global, European as well as Norwegian climate debate.


  • Jennie C. Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Brian Petersen, Associate Professor of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Northern Arizona University
  • Manjana Milkoreit, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo (TBC)


  • Tomas Maltby, Reader in International Politics in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College, London
  • Kacper Szulecki, Research Professor in International Climate Governance, NUPI

This event will also be live streamed on NUPI’s YouTube channel. Digital participation does not require a registration.