Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Carilee Osborne

Sociology

Biography

Carilee Osborne is interested in the idea of the social compact (in both its established organisational forms and its rhetorical use) in South Africa and how this has helped/hindered post-apartheid efforts to bring about rights realisation, redistribution and inequality reduction. She's interested in studying this comparatively, unpacking the assumptions undergirding it and then applying this framework to the question of climate and environmental politics in South Africa. (How) does this contribute to the limited number of social movements calling for climate action and the inability to shift government from a coal-focused energy policy? What kind of social coalitions need to be formed to have, for example, a Green New Deal for South Africa?