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Johannes Urpelainen

Johns Hopkins University
United States
Email johannes.urpelainen [at] gmail [period/dot] com

Johannes Urpelainen is an award-winning author of five books and over two hundred refereed articles on environmental politics, energy policy, and global governance. He teaches action-oriented classes on energy and environmental policy to equip the next generation of global leaders with deep knowledge, advanced analytical skills — and a passion for transformational social change. As one of the world’s top energy policy experts, Johannes frequently advises governments, international organizations, and the private sector on energy and environment.

Johannes Urpelainen’s website.


Johannes Urpelainen & Thijs Van de Graaf. 2017. “United States non-cooperation and the Paris agreement,” Climate Policy (December 2017).

Llewelyn Hughes & Johannes Urpelainen. 2015. “Interests, institutions, and climate policy: Explaining the choice of policy instruments for the energy sector,” Environmental Science & Policy (December 2015).

Michaël Aklin & Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. “Debating clean energy: Frames, counter frames, and audiences,” Global Environmental Change (October 2013).

Andrew Cheon & Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. “How do competing interest groups influence environmental policy? The case of renewable electricity in industrialized democracies, 1989–2007,” Political Studies (February 2013).

Michaël Aklin & Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. “Political competition, path dependence, and the strategy of sustainable energy transitions,” American Journal of Political Science (February 2013).

Michaël Aklin & Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. “Perceptions of scientific dissent undermine public support for environmental policy,” Environmental Science & Policy (January 2013).

Johannes Urpelainen. 2012. “A model of dynamic climate governance: dream big, win small,” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (May 2012).

Media Coverage

Johannes Urpelainen’s input on 2 degrees Celsius track quoted by Josh Gabbatiss. Four more years of Donald Trump could ‘delay global emissions cuts by 10 years,” Carbon Brief, May 27, 2020.

The future of the fossil fuel industry discussed by Johannes Urpelainen. Fossil fuels: Save the workers, kill the industry,” The Hill, April 30, 2020.

Air pollution in India discussed by Johannes Urpelainen. To fight India’s airpocalypse, Modi govt must first centralise air pollution policy,” The Print, November 28, 2019.

Inaccuracy of energy policy sources of knowledge discussed by Johannes Urpelainen. Energy access policy across the world is mostly based on intuition, instead of data,” The Print, November 25, 2019.

American climate action discussed by Joshua Busby and Johannes Urpelainen. Are states, cities, and companies taking the lead on climate action?,” Washington Post, September 17, 2018.