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.
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.