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Jakob Skovgaard

Lund University

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Jakob Skovgaard is an associate professor of political science at Lund University in Sweden. He holds a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence and specializes in national, EU, and international climate politics. His research interests encompass the interplay between economic and environmental objectives and actors within climate politics, as well as the impact of public and private finance in maintaining or breaking free from fossil fuel dependence.

Previously, from 2007 to 2010, he was a part of the international climate change team at the Danish Finance Ministry. Skovgaard has contributed to various journals, including the Journal of Common Market Studies, World Development, Global Environmental Change, and Global Environmental Politics. He is also the author of the monograph ‘The Economisation of Climate Change – How International Economic Institutions Address Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Finance’ (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

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Climate policy and politics Fossil fuels

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Tilsted, J. P., Bauer, F., Birkbeck, C. D., Skovgaard, J., & Rootzén, J. (2023). Ending fossil-based growth: Confronting the political economy of petrochemical plastics. One Earth6(6). https://www.cell.com/one-earth/pdf/S2590-3322(23)00252-X.pdf
Skovgaard, J., Finkill, G. D., Bauer, F., Åhman, M., & Nielsen, T. D. (2023). Finance for fossils – The Role of Public Financing in Expanding Petrochemicals. Global Environmental Change, 80, 102657. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378023000237
Skovgaard, J., Adams, K. M., Dupuy, K., Dzebo, A., Funder, M., Fejerskov, A. M., & Shawoo, Z. (2023). Multilateral Climate Finance Coordination: Politics and Depoliticization in Practice. Global Environmental Politics, 23(2), 125-147.
Skovgaard, J., & Ferrari, S. S. (2023). The Unlikely Mexican Carbon Tax—A Question of Economic-Environmental Synergies? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 66 (13), 2623-2639, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2022.2081136
Pihl, E., Alfredsson, E., Bengtsson, M., Bowen, K. J., Broto, V. C., Chou, K. T., … Zelinka, M. D. (2021). Ten new insights in climate science 2020 – a horizon scan. Global Sustainability, 4(e5), 1-65.
Skovgaard, J., & Knaggård, Å. (2019). Mapping and Clustering the Adoption of Carbon Pricing Policies: What Polities Price Carbon and Why? Climate Policy, 19(9), 1173-1185.
Skovgaard, J., & van Asselt, H. (2019). The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform: Implications for Climate Change Mitigation. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 10(4), e581.
Peterson, L., & Skovgaard, J. (2019). Bureaucratic Politics and the Allocation of Climate Finance. World Development, 117, 72-97.
Skovgaard, J. (2018). Policy Coherence and Organizational Cultures: Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets. Environmental Policy & Governance, 28(5), 350-358.
Skovgaard, J. (2017). The Role of Finance Ministries in Environmental Policy Making: The case of European Union Emissions Trading System reform in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Environmental Policy & Governance, 27(4), 351-364.
Skovgaard, J. (2017). The Devil Lies in the Definition – Competing Approaches to Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the IMF and the OECD. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(3), 341-353.
Skovgaard, J. (2017). Limiting Costs or Correcting Market Failures? Finance Ministries and Frame Alignment in UN Climate Finance Negotiations. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(1), 89-106.
Pickering, J., Betzold, C., & Skovgaard, J. (2017). Managing Fragmentation and Complexity in the Emerging System of International Climate Finance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(1), 1-16.
Skovgaard, J. (2015). Greener than Expected? – EU Finance Ministries Address Climate Finance. Environmental Politics, 24(6), 951-969.
Pickering, J., Skovgaard, J., Roberts, J. T., Rossati, D., Stadelmann, M., Kim, S., & Reich, H. (2015). Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States. World Development, 68, 149-168.
Skovgaard, J. (2014). EU Climate Policy after the Crisis. Environmental Politics, 23(1), 1-17.
Skovgaard, J. (2012). Learning about Climate Change: Finance Ministries in International Climate Change Politics. Global Environmental Politics, 12(4), 1-8.