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International negotiations arenas and global environmental politics

SINTEF researches international negotiations, which often last up to two weeks and include multiple parallell sessions and working group meetings, together with many other opportunities for interactions surrounding the negotiations.

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Examples of meetings SINTEF participates in are the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and the United Nations Environment Assembly (plastic treaty negotiations). We focus our research on both the result of the meetings as well as the process that led to it, in order to learn more about how global environmental management is conducted most effectively and with the best result. Methods we use: Global political ethnography is used at international negotiation arenas - a practical-based approach to highly complex political processes within the global arena. This is a qualitative method for studying the behaviour of the actors present at international negotiations around topics such as fisheries, biodiversity in the ocean, climate or plastic. There are various types of observational studies, but we focus on open and passive observation. In addition, we use methods such as literature studies, coding of narratives and semi-structured interview.

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