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Kathryn Hochstetler

London School of Economics and Political Science

Based in

United Kingdom

Kathy Hochstetler is Professor of International Development at the LSE. She has been researching the intersection between environment and development for thirty years, focusing on international environmental negotiations, global trade and finance, and South American politics, especially in Brazil. Her most recent book is Political Economies of Energy Transition: Wind and Solar Power in Brazil and South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Country(ies) of Specialty


Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy

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Hochstetler K. 2021. “Climate institutions in Brazil: three decades of building and dismantling climate capacity,” Environmental Politics. July 21, 2021:1-22.

Kathryn Hochstetler. 2021. “Political Economies of Energy Transition: Wind and Solar Power in Brazil and South Africa,” Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Business and Public Policy series.

Jazmin Sierra & Kathryn Hochstetler. 2017. “Transnational Activist Networks and Rising Powers: Transparency and Environmental Concerns in the Brazilian National Development Bank,” International Studies Quarterly (December 2017).

Kathryn Hochstetler. 2017. “Tracking Presidents and Policies: Environmental Politics from Lula to Dilma,” Policy Studies (March 2017).

Kathryn Hochstetler & J. Ricardo Tranjan. 2016. “Environment and Consultation in the Brazilian Democratic Developmental State,” Comparative Politics (July 2016).

Kathryn Hochstetler & Genia Kostka. 2015. “Wind and Solar Power in Brazil and China: Interests, State-Business Relations, and Policy Outcomes,” Global Environmental Politics (August 2015).