Rebecca Willis contributed to a special climate issue of Centre Write, the in-house journal of the think-tank Bright Blue. Rebecca argues that the brewing gas price crisis offers an opportunity for a proper societal conversation on the future of energy policy in the UK, if only politicians can grasp it. Rebecca urges the Government to be bold and champion deliberation as a way to overcome division and forge consensus on the pathway to achieving the UK's climate goals.

You can read the full article here.
Rebecca Willis
Rebecca Willis has a new paper with fellow deliberative theorists Nicole Curato and Graham Smith. The paper discussing the recent upsurge in deliberative mini-publics on climate and energy related issues. The authors critically evaluate the role of mini-publics and deliberative democracy more broadly can play in helping democratic societies navigate the climate crisis.

You can read the full paper here.
Shared Future
Professor Willis joined a panel hosted by The Conversation to discuss the outcomes of the COP26 climate summit and what comes next for climate politics. She was joined on the panel by:

  • Professor Corinne Le Quéré, University of East Anglia

  • Professor Michael Jacobs, University of Sheffield

  • Dr Michelle Cain, Cranfield University

The panel was hosted by The Conversation Environment and Energy Editor, Will de Freitas.

You can watch the panel discussion here.
We launched Climate citizens with a panel discussion on 8 July 2021. Speakers included:

  • Rebecca Willis, Lancaster University (chair)

  • Lilian Greenwood MP

  • Marc Robson, participant, Climate Assembly UK

  • Guy Newey, Energy Systems Catapult

  • Indra Thillainathan, Climate Change Committee

  • Rachel Coxcoon, Lancaster University

Here's a video of the launch.

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The Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee is a group of MPs whose job is to scrutinise the work BEIS, the government department primarily responsible for climate policy.

The BEIS Select Committee was one of several committees to commissions Climate Assembly UK. They are currently doing work to look at the impact of the Climate Assembly and how different stakeholders, including the Government, have used the Assembly findings.

Following our submission to the Committees call for evidence, project lead Rebecca Willis was invited to give oral evidence.

You can watch the full recording of the evidence session with this link.

You can find more information about the committees inquiry into the Climate Assembly with this link.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Rebecca Willis made her second appearance on Ed Miliband’s podcast ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’. She was joined by fellow academics Graham Smith and Archon Fung to discuss how citizens’ assemblies can fit into our wider political system to improve participation and deliberation. Listen to the episode with this link.

You can see Rebecca’s previous appearance on Reasons to be Cheerful, marking the final weekend of Climate Assembly UK, with this link.