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Professor Peter Newell

Peter Newell is Professor of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia and James Martin Fellow at the Centre for the Environment at Oxford University. His research interests lie in the international political economy of environment and development.

In different contexts he has worked on the governance of trade, finance, production in relation to the environment. For example, he has a current project funded by IDS on civil society participation in trade policy in Latin America. He has also conducted research on the politics of agricultural biotechnology regulation in the developing world, particularly in relation to the private sector in India and Argentina. Another strand of his work explores questions of corporate social and environmental responsibility, regulation and accountability in the developing world. He is interested in the ability of civil society organisations and poorer communities to advance social and environmental justice claims around the rights and obligations of corporations.

Each of these strands of work has evolved into a broader interest in the forms and implications of the relationship between contemporary capitalism and environmental governance, an interest that in the near term will be pursued through an project on ‘Climate Capitalism’ which seeks to make political and theoretical sense of the new carbon economy.

Before joining UEA he has held positions as Principal Research Fellow at Warwick University’s Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Associate Professor at FLACSO Argentina and the Instituto de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad Corporativa and lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. He has also worked in the NGO sector for Climate Network Europe in Brussels and Friends of the Earth London as a researcher and lobbyist. He has conducted consultancy and policy work for UNDP, GEF and the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Climate Action Network, The Earth Council, and governments such as the Swedish and UK governments. He has also undertaken training work for many development agencies and sits on the board of the NGO One World Trust.

He is author of Climate for Change: Non-State Actors and the Global Politics of the Greenhouse (CUP, 2000), co-author of The Effectiveness of EU Environmental Policy (MacMillan, 2000), and co-editor of Development and the Challenge of Globalisation (ITDG 2002), The Business of Global Environmental Governance (MIT 2005) and Rights, Resources and the Politics of Accountability (Zed books, 2006). He is author of many journal articles and book chapters on the international political economy of environmental politics covering climate change, agricultural biotechnology and corporate regulation and accountability. He has published in journals such as Review of International Political Economy, Global Environmental Politics, New Political Economy, Environmental Politics, Journal of International Development, Journal of Environment and Development and Development in Practice and is Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Environment and Development.


CSGR Working Papers by Peter Newell