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Caroline Kuzemko


Advice & Feedback Hours: Mondays 14:00 to 15:00 Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30

Room: D1.13


Profile and Research Interests

Caroline is an Assistant Professor in International Political Economy. She has research interests in:

  • political economy of energy
  • ideas, institutions and change
  • climate change politics and policy
  • sustainable energy politics and policy
  • municipal energy and devolution
Research Projects:

Caroline is the Principal Investigator of the ESRC Future Research Leaders project: 'Power Distributions: Sustainable Energy & Municipal Authority'. This project focuses on municipal authorities as (re-)emerging, state energy actors by asking questions about: how sustainable energy projects are shaped by broader local and national political processes, including devolution; how local governance choices relate to (rescaling) energy systems; and about what capacities municipal authorities have to act in the area of sustainable energy.

Before joining Warwick, Caroline was a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter, where she worked on an EPSRC funded project, ‘Innovation and Governance’. The project explored various and complex inter-relationships between energy governance, markets and sustainable innovations, and included comparative analyses between the UK and Germany. She was active in a wide range of research activities, including regular responses to government consultations.

Prior to her academic career, Caroline worked for 8 years as a Director at UBS on emerging market equities.

Publications (see tab above for details)

Caroline is author of The Energy Security-Climate Nexus: Institutional Change in the UK and Beyond and a co-author of The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and Security.

She has also co-edited a Special Section on 'New Directions in the IPE of Energy', in the published articles in the Review of International Political Economy (26:1), and published articles in: Review of International Studies; Journal of European Public Policy; Environment & Planning C; Energy Research & Social Science; British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Utilities Policy; and Policy and Politics.

Impact & Networks

2017-2018: 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.

Caroline is the founder and convenor of the ‘Political Economy of Energy in Europe and Russia’ (PEEER) network; Treasurer and co-convenor of the PSA Special Group ‘Anti-Politics’; she convenes the PaIS IPE Cluster; and is a Steering Committee member for the Warwick Global Research Priority Group: Energy.

Editorial Work

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


Caroline currently teaches on:

PO230 'States & Markets: an Introduction to Political Economy' (Mondays 13:00-14:00; 14:00-15:00; 16:00-17:00)

PO107 'Introduction to Politics', (Thursdays 09:00-10:00, S0.20)

She is available for PhD supervision in the following areas: political economy of energy; sustainable energy policy and politics; local energy transitions; energy and climate change policy; (de-)politicisation and institutional change.