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Kacper Szulecki

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

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Kacper Szulecki is a Research Professor in International Climate Governance at NUPI, and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, where he is affiliated with Include – the Centre for socially inclusive energy transitions. He is interested in the politics of energy transitions, in particular, how securitization may impede green transitions, what is the relationship between decarbonization and democratization, and what new forms of climate skepticism we see as energy transitions accelerate. He is also leading a large project on the pledge & review mechanisms in the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. He has edited several volumes, including “Energy Security in Europe” (Palgrave 2018), and published two monographs.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Germany Norway Poland

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Fossil fuels Renewable energy Social movements

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Ida Dokk Smith, Julia Kirch Kirkegaard & Kacper Szulecki, 2022. “A functional approach to decentralization in the electricity sector: learning from community choice aggregation in California.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Robert A. Huber, Tomas Maltby, Kacper Szulecki & Stefan Ćetković, 2021. “Is populism a challenge to European energy and climate policy? Empirical evidence across varieties of populism.” Journal of European Public Policy, 28:7, 998-1017.

Hancock, K., S. Palestini Cespedes and K. Szulecki, 2021. ‘Energy regionalisms’, in Allison, J. and K. Hancock (eds.) “Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics.” Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Etkind, A., K. Szulecki and I. Yablokov, 2021. ‘Petroleum Conspiracies: How Russian policymakers seek meaning in oil price volatility’, in: Belyi, A., “A New Function of the Oil Price: an institution beyond supply-demand dynamic.” Cham: Springer.

Szulecka, J. & K. Szulecki, 2021. “Between domestic politics and ecological crises: (De)legitimization of Polish environmentalism.” Environmental Politics, Online First.

Szulecki, K. and I. Overland, 2020, “Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal: A conceptual review.” Energy Research & Social Science, 69, 101768

Żuk, P. & K. Szulecki, 2020, “Unpacking the right-populist threat to climate action: Poland’s pro-governmental media on energy transition and climate change.” Energy Research and Social Science, 66. 101485

Szulecki, K., 2020, ‘Poland: Incumbent stability amid legislative volatility’, In E. L. Boasson, M. D. Leiren, & J. Wettestad (Eds.), “Comparative Renewables Policy.” Political, Organizational and European Fields. London, Routledge.

Szulecki, K. & D. Claes, 2019. “Towards Decarbonization: Understanding EU Energy Governance.” (Editorial), Politics & Governance, 7(1): 1-8.

Leiren, M. D., Szulecki, K., Rayner, T. & C. Banet., 2019. “Energy Security Concerns Versus Market Harmony: The Europeanisation of Capacity Mechanisms.” Politics and Governance, 7(1): 92-104.

Szulecki, K. 2018. “Conceptualizing Energy Democracy.” Environmental Politics, 27(1) 21-41.

Szulecki, K. (ed.), 2017. “Energy Security in Europe: Divergent Perceptions and Policy Challenges.” London: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3-319-64963-4, 351 pp.

Szulecki, K. 2016. “European energy governance & decarbonization policy: learning from the 2020 strategy.” Climate Policy 16(5): 543-547.

Szulecki, K., A.T. Gullberg, S. Fischer and O. Sartor, 2016. “Shaping the ‘Energy Union’: national interests and impacts on EU energy and climate governance.” Climate Policy, 16(5), 548-567.

Szulecki, K., Borewicz, T. & J. Waluszko, 2015. “A Brief Green Moment: The emergence and decline of Polish anti-nuclear and environmental movement.” Interface, 7 (2), 27–48.

Creutzig, F., Hedahl, M., Rydge, J. & K. Szulecki, 2014. “Challenging the European Climate Debate: Can Universal Climate Justice and Economics be Reconciled with Particularistic Politics?” Global Policy, 5(1), 6–14.

Szulecki, K. & K. Westphal, 2014. “The cardinal sins of European energy policy: Non-Governance in an uncertain global landscape.” Global Policy, 5(1): 38-51.

Puka, L. and K. Szulecki, 2014. “The politics and economics of cross-border electricity infrastructure: A framework for analysis.” Energy Research and Social Science, 4, 124–134.