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Fergus Green

Department of Political Science, University College London

Based in

United Kingdom

Fergus’ work is concerned with questions of politics, governance and justice arising from the transition to a low-carbon economy. Fergus began his career as a lawyer in Melbourne, Australia, specialising in climate, energy, water and environmental regulation. He spent two years as a policy analyst and research adviser to Professor Nicholas Stern at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he subsequently completed a PhD in political theory. His current research focuses on: green new deal-style integrated policy programmes; the “just transition” agenda; and the politics and governance of phasing out fossil fuels.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Australia United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation Fossil fuels Climate Justice

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Diane Bolet, Fergus Green and Mikel González-Eguino. 2023. “How to Get Coal Country to Vote for Climate Policy: The Effect of a ‘Just Transition Agreement’ on Spanish Election Results” American Political Science Review.

Rob Macquarie and Fergus Green. 2023. Just and Robust Transitions to Net Zero: A Framework to Guide National Policy. University College London, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, ClimLaw: Graz, Centre for Climate Law and Sustainability Studies, Center for International Climate Research.

Fergus Green and Declan Kuch. 2022. “Counting carbon or counting coal? Anchoring climate governance in fossil fuel-based accountability frameworks” Global Environmental Politics 22(4): 48–69.

Harro van Asselt and Fergus Green. 2022. “COP26 and the dynamics of anti-fossil fuel norms” WIREs Climate Change, e816: https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.816.

Fergus Green. 2022. “Fossil Free Zones: A Proposal” Climate Policy 22(9–10): 1356–1362.

Fergus Green and Noel Healy. 2022. “How Inequality Fuels Climate Change: The Climate Case for a Green New Deal” One Earth 5(6): 635–649.

Fergus Green and Ingrid Robeyns. 2022. “On the Merits and Limits of Nationalising the Fossil Fuel Industry” Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, Volume 91—A Philosophers’ Manifesto: Ideas and Arguments to Change the World, 53–80.

Fergus Green. 2021. “Ecological limits: science, justice, policy, and the good life” Philosophy Compass 16(6), e12740.

Zhifu Mi, Jiali Zheng, Fergus Green, Dabo Guan, Jing Meng, Kuishuang Feng, Xi Liang, Shouyang Wang. 2021. “Decoupling without outsourcing? How China’s consumption-based CO2 emissions have plateaued” iScience 24(10): 103130

Fergus Green and Eric Brandstedt. 2020. “Engaged Climate Ethics” Journal of Political Philosophy

Fergus Green and Ajay Gambhir. 2020. “Transitional assistance policies for just, equitable and smooth low-carbon transitions: who, what and how?” Climate Policy 20(8): 902–921.

Fergus Green and Richard Denniss. 2018. “Cutting with Both Arms of the Scissors: the economic and political case for restrictive supply-side climate policies” Climatic Change 150: 73–87

Fergus Green. 2018. “Anti-Fossil Fuel Norms” Climatic Change 150: 103–116

Fergus Green. 2018. “Comment: The Logic of Fossil Fuel Bans” Nature Climate Change 8: 449–451.

Zhifu Mi, Jing Meng, Fergus Green, D’Maris Coffman, and Dabo Guan. 2018. “China’s ‘exported carbon’ peak: patterns, drivers and implications” Geophysical Research Letters 45(9): 4309–4318

Thomas Spencer et al. 2018. “The 1.5°C Target and Coal Sector Transition: At the Limits of Societal Feasibility” Climate Policy 18(3): 335–351.

Fergus Green and Nicholas Stern. 2017. “China’s changing economy: implications for its carbon dioxide emissions.” 17 Climate Policy 423–442

Ye Qi, Nicholas Stern, Tong Wu, Jiaqi Lu, and Fergus Green. 2016. “China’s Post-Coal Growth” Nature Geoscience 9: 564–566

Fergus Green. 2017. “The normative foundations of climate legislation”. In A. Averchenkova, S. Fankhauser & M. Nachmany (Eds.), Trends in Climate Change Legislation. London: Edward Elgar, 85–107 (ch 5).

SEI et al. 2021. The Production Gap: 2021 Report.

SEI et al. 2020. The Production Gap Report: 2020 Special Report.

SEI et al. 2019. “The Production Gap: The discrepancy between countries’ planned fossil fuel production and global production levels consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C or 2°C.”