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Caroline Kuzemko


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Thursdays 09:30-10:30

Fridays 14:00-15:00

Room: D1.13

@CarolineKuzemko on Twitter

I am an Associate Professor in International Political Economy. My roles include: PaIS Departmental Coordinator for Early Career Research; Steering Committee Member of Warwick's Energy GRP; and member of Warwick's Environment & Social Sustainability Action Group (ESSAG). I re-joined PaIS in 2016, as an ESRC Future Research Leader, 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
  • Geopolitics of energy
  • Constructivist International Political Economy (IPE)

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

Module director 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 Governance’, on how to improve UK governing for sustainable energy.

Publications (click here or see tab above for details)

I am the 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.

I co-edited a Special Section on 'New Directions in the IPE of Energy' 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 Taskforce.

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.

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'.