Panel 4

Resilience and international relations

Wednesday, 3rd of february 2021
14.15 - 15.15

International negotiations, particularly around the climate, involve a multitude of different and changing actors. In these international meetings, resilience takes a central place in many themes such as the fight against global warming or for access to resources.  This panel will explore the theory and application of resilience approaches to international relationship.

Béatrice Quenault is Third place (x) and social innovation officer, presidency of Rennes 2 University, a Lecturer in economics and a permanent researcher at Spaces and Societies. The first axis of our research is part of the political economy of globalization and concerns the issues of equity and solidarity of sustainable development which call for a new system of global governance. In this perspective, we are particularly interested in the various instruments to fight against climate change proposed and implemented (rights market to pollute, clean development mechanism, adaptation and mitigation strategies) within the framework of international negotiations. and conflicts of logic between different organizations or international negotiating bodies regarding the operational implementation of sustainable development. This research issue attempts to explore avenues for rebalancing the global governance system in a direction more favorable to sustainable development and the production / preservation of global public goods such as climate stability. The second axis of our research, more recent, includes the study of questions of sustainable development in a territorial framework, that of the policies of planning and sustainable urban development of local authorities. This concern aims to identify the innovative approaches and practices, the obstacles and brakes to these still experimental approaches, as well as the relevant tools and levers to make the concept of sustainable development more operational through the experimentation of local Agenda 21, by example, or through strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change coordinated at the local level and reflections on the vulnerability and resilience of territories faced with global environmental challenges.


Federica Di Saro is a market reporter at ICIS, for which she covers the power, gas and crude oil markets, as well as the EU climate and energy policy. Prior to joining ICIS, she worked as a business journalist in Africa and South America and at the political department of the European Union to Armenia. Her research interests include the energy politics of post-Soviet states and the lingering relations between Russia and the former republics. She holds a double MA in International Relations at the University of Macerata and International Business Administration at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).


Isabell Burmester is an assistant and doctoral student at the Global Studies Institute. She holds a Masters in Interdisciplinary European Studies (mention European Neighborhood Policy) from the College of Europe (2017) and a Bachelor in International Relations from the University of Groningen (2015). Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral research on the question of European and Russian hegemony in the post-Soviet space and teaching in the field of international relations.