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Too Hot to Handle? The democratic challenge of climate change
10th April 2020
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Scientists are clear that urgent action is needed on climate change, and world leaders agree. Yet climate issues barely trouble domestic politics. This book explores a central dilemma of the climate crisis: science demands urgency; politics turns the other cheek. Is it possible to hope for a democratic solution to climate change?

Based on interviews with leading politicians and activists, and the author’s twenty years on the frontline of climate politics, this book explores why climate is such a challenge for political systems, even when policy solutions exist. It argues that more democracy, not less, is needed to tackle the » Continue Reading.

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The case against new coal mines in the UK
15th January 2020
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This report for Green Alliance, co-authored with Mike Berners-Lee, Rosie Watson and Mike Elm, looks at the proposed development of a new mine at Woodhouse Colliery in Cumbria. It explores evidence around the use of coal in steel manufacture, sets out the ways to bring down the CO2 emissions from the industry to meet government ambitions, and assesses the impact the new mine could have.

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Beyond ‘Net-Zero’: A case for separate targets for emissions reduction and negative emissions
26th November 2019
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This paper, published in the journal Frontiers In Climate, and co-authored with Duncan McLaren, David Tyfield, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Nils Markusson, examines the policy framework required for successful governance of negative emissions technologies.

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The role of national politicians in global climate governance
26th November 2019
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This paper, published in the journal Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, examines how politicians understand their role in governance of the climate system.

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Building the political mandate for climate action
10th December 2018
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This briefing, published by Green Alliance, summarises a four-year research project for Lancaster University.

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The use of composite narratives to present interview findings
26th July 2018
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This paper, published in the journal Qualitative Research, details the method used to analyse and present interview findings with politicians.

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Constructing a ‘Representative Claim’ for Action on Climate Change: Evidence from Interviews with Politicians
15th February 2018
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This paper, published in the journal Political Studies, investigates how politicians develop a democratic case for action on climate change.

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How Members of Parliament understand and respond to climate change
19th September 2017
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This paper, published in the Sociological Review, looks at climate change from the politician’s point of view. It offers four stories of different politicians’ strategies.

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Taming The Climate? Corpus analysis of politicians’ speech on climate change
19th January 2017
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A paper in the journal Environmental Politics, analysing how politicians talk about climate change.

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Cultures of Community Energy
31st May 2016
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This report, for the British Academy, profiles eleven community energy projects across England, Scotland, Wales and six other countries. It focuses on the cultural factors influencing community energy.

The British Academy have also produced a report drawing on this research, offering policy recommendations for community energy.

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