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Caroline Kuzemko


For the academic year 2022-23 I am on Research Leave.

Room: D1.13

@CarolineKuzemkoLink opens in a new window on Twitter

I am a Reader in International Political Economy. My roles include: Co-Lead of Warwick's Energy GRPLink opens in a new window; and a member of Warwick's Environment & Social Sustainability Action Group (ESSAGLink opens in a new window). I re-joined PaIS in 2016, as an ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow, having worked as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter for four years. I completed my Masters in International Political Economy and PhD in Energy & Climate Politics at the University of Warwick.

Prior to my academic career, I was a Director at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) working on emerging market (Latin American) equities - from 1994 to 2002.

Research & Teaching Interests:
  • Politics of sustainable energy transformations, at various scales (international, domestic, local)
  • Politics of climate change
  • Rethinking energy geopolitics and security
  • Constructivist International Political Economy (IPE)

I am on research leave for Terms 1 and 2 this academic year (2022-23) - please contact regarding the below modules during this time

Module convenor, lecturer and tutor: PO3A4 'The Global Energy Challenge' (Term 1: 15 CATS)

Module convenor, lecturer and tutor: PO4A5 'Politics of Climate Change' (Term 2: 15 CATS)

I am available for PhD supervision in the following areas: political economy of sustainable energy; energy and climate change policy and politics; the (geo-)politics of sustainable transformations; and constructivist IPE.

Research Projects:

I am the Deputy Director of UKERC Phase 4, Theme 1, on UK Energy in a Global Context, and the Principal Investigator of 'Brexit & Beyond: UK Zero Carbon Energy Policy'. This project assesses the implications of Brexit for UK sustainable energy policy and politics. I am also Co-Investigator on the 'Geopolitics of Energy Transitions' UKERC project, which explores ways in which geopolitics, as a conceptual approach to understanding energy, needs to change to better account for sustainable and just energy transformations.

Previously I held an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant for the project: 'Power Distributions: Sustainable Energy & Municipal Authority'. Before joining Warwick, I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow on an EPSRC funded project, ‘Innovation and GovernanceLink opens in a new window’, on how to improve UK governing for sustainable energy.

Publications (click hereLink opens in a new window or see tab above for details)

I am the author of The Energy Security-Climate Nexus: Institutional Change in the UK and BeyondLink opens in a new window, and a co-author of The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and SecurityLink opens in a new window.

I co-edited a Special Section on 'New Directions in the IPE of EnergyLink opens in a new window' in the Review of International Political Economy (26:1), and have published articles in a wide range of journals: Journal of European Public Policy; Environment & Planning C; Energy Research & Social Science; Review of International Studies; British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Utilities Policy; Policy and Politics; and Geography Compass.

Impact & Networks

I have worked with various organisations, local governments, BEIS, Ofgem, UK100, and MPs to help shape ideas and policies regarding sustainable energy transitions. An example of this work is my co-authored policy briefing outlining the need for a UK Local Sustainable Energy TaskforceLink opens in a new window.

From 2017-2018 I was a Member of West Midlands Combined Authority's (WMCA) Regional Energy Policy Commission on devolution and local sustainable energy policy. The commission published Powering West Midlands Growth: A Regional Approach to Clean Energy Innovation.

I am a Steering Committee member of the European Council for Political Research (ECPR) Research Network on Energy Policy, Politics and Governance.Link opens in a new window

Editorial Work

Caroline is on the Editorial Board of Energy Research and Social Science, and a co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan pivot series on 'Progressive Energy Policy'.