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Mitya Pearson

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Room: D1.21

Feedback and Advice hour: Monday, 11.00-12.00 (Please book a slot in advance, using the above form.)

Mitya is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, conducting a project examining UK government decision-making on climate change since 2008. From November 2024, Mitya will be an Assistant Professor in the Politics of Climate Change.

Mitya completed his PhD at the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London (KCL). Mitya has previously lectured on British politics at POLIS, the University of Cambridge, and worked for several years as a researcher in energy and climate change policy at a Westminster think tank. Mitya’s research focuses on various aspects of environmental politics in Britain and Europe.


Mitya Pearson, 'Back to the Stone Age: Europe's Mainstream Right and Climate Change', Political Quarterly, Vol 95 No 1, 2024, pp.123-130

Neil Carter & Mitya Pearson, 'From Green Crap to Net Zero: Conservative Climate Policy 2015-2022', British Politics, Vol 19, 2024, pp.154-174

Mitya Pearson & Louise Thompson, '"Enter parliament but never become part of it": How have the Greens in the United Kingdom approached opposition?', The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol 25 No 2, 2023, pp.219-236

Mitya Pearson, 'Sticklebacks and Gandalf's Garden: an oral history of 1970s British environmental activism', Oral History, Autumn, Vol 50 No 2, 2022, pp.74-84

Louise Thompson & Mitya Pearson, 'Exploring party change: the professionalisation of the UK's three Green parties crossing the representation threshold', Environmental Politics, Vol 30 No 6, 2021, pp.938-957

Mitya Pearson, 'Labour and the environment: An historical perspective', Renewal, Vol 29 No 3, 2021, pp.32-38

Neil Carter & Mitya Pearson, 'A climate election? The environment and the Greens in the 2019 UK general election', Environmental Politics, Vol 29 No 4, 2020, pp.746-751

Mitya Pearson & Wolfgang Rüdig, 'The Greens in the 2019 European elections', Environmental Politics, Vol 29 No 2, 2020, pp.336-343

Mitya Pearson, 'Tentative Feelers: The Liberal Party's Response to the Emergence of the Ecology Party', The Journal of Liberal History, No 104, Autumn, 2019, pp.34-38


Mitya is the module director for Politics in the UK (PO206).

Mitya is available for PhD supervision in the following areas: environmental politics; British politics; European politics; party politics.