RIPA – Roadmap to the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

On the 4th of November 2016, the Paris Agreement – a global and legal binding climate protection treaty – came into force. The agreement operates with a new approach, instead of a “top-down one-size-fits-all” thinking, the implementation seeks to involve different attitudes, perspectives as well as fostering the collaboration of different stakeholders and groups.

The research design of RIPA, developed by FASresearch and IIASA addresses exactly this implementation process of the Paris Agreement. Based on the “Theory of Plural Rationality” – a theory describing the institutional morphogenetic attractor space – of the anthropologist Michael Thompson, we propose that there are five different perspectives on the Paris Agreement, which complement each other. We use the concept of clumsy solutions – an inclusive approach, considering that the combination of attitudes, perceptions and actions of different stakeholders leads to satisfying, robust and resilient solutions rather than one-track approaches.

The RIPA project seeks to …
… to identify relevant stakeholders of the Paris Agreement from different areas and their interconnections with methods of Social Network Analysis (SNA),
… to elaborate the five different voices and their attitudes
… to explore the collaboration between the five voices in terms of a clumsy solution through the Participatory Impact Analysis (PIA) and
… to deduce policy recommendations on how to address and motivate the different stakeholders.

The outcome of this research project will be an integral roadmap, showing the collaboration of the five voices in organised complexity and thus providing orientation and a framework for action.

FASresearch is a network consultancy with over 20 years of cross-industry and cross-science experience in applying the research of networks. Business, politics and innovation are driven by social networks. FASresearch understands the patterns of interrelations and influence and turns data into network maps and maps into strategy.

FASresearch is a think-tank developing new and useful models, tools, software, etc. based on Social Network Analysis and applies its resulting proprietary SNA knowledge base to help governments, Fortune 500 companies, NPO’s and NGO’s reach their goals. FASresearch is an active part of the scientific community in the fields of Network Analysis (INSNA, the International Network of Social Network Analysis), Complexity Theory and Resilience Research. It has well-established contacts to people and organizations (universities, research institutions, and companies) engaged in Social Network Analysis and related disciplines all over the world.

Harald Katzmair holds a degree in Social Sciences and Philosophy (University of Vienna); he is lecturer, visiting scholar, and invited guest speaker at numerous universities. His main focus is the area of network theory and resilience research.

Harald Katzmair, PhD, Head of Research, is the founder and director of FASresearch located in Vienna. Harald has developed a unique and proprietary set of tools and technologies to empower decision makers in the areas of Executive Networking, Strategic Social Capital Management, R&D and Innovation Networks to navigate through the increasing complexities of our connected world.