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Caroline Kuzemko


Room: D1.13

A&F Hours: Mondays 11.00-12.30; Fridays 13.00-14.00

@CarolineKuzemkoLink opens in a new window on Twitter

I am a Reader in International Political Economy (IPE). My administrative roles include: Co-Lead of Warwick's Energy GRPLink opens in a new window; and membership 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 a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter for four years. I completed a Masters in IPE and a PhD in UK 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 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)

Module convenor, lecturer and tutor: PO3A4 'The Global Energy Challenge' (Term 1: 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 a 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. It also explores ways in which geopolitical insights can be used to inform integrated assessment models (IAMs).

Previously I was Principal Investigator of the 'Brexit & Beyond: UK Zero Carbon Energy Policy and PoliticsLink opens in a new window' project which assessed, together with colleagues at Chatham House, the implications of Brexit for UK sustainable energy policy and politics. 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)

My books include: The Energy Security-Climate Nexus: Institutional Change in the UK and BeyondLink opens in a new window, and 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; Policy and Politics; Review of International Studies; British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Utilities Policy; Political Quarterly 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 Co-chair and Co-founder of the European Council for Political Research (ECPR) Research Network on Energy Politics, Policy, and Governance (Energy-PPG), which organises two sections at the ECPR annual general conference.

Editorial Work

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