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Peter Newell

University of Sussex

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United Kingdom

Peter Newell is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and co-founder and research director of the Rapid Transition Alliance. His recent research focuses on the political economy of low carbon energy transitions, but he has undertaken research, advocacy and consultancy work on different aspects of climate change for over 25 years. Peter has worked at the universities of Sussex, Oxford, Warwick and East Anglia in the UK where he was Professor of Development Studies, and FLACSO Argentina. He also sits on the board of directors of Greenpeace UK, is a board member of the Brussels-based NGO Carbon Market Watch and a member of the advisory board of the Greenhouse think-tank. His single and co-authored books include Climate for Change; The Effectiveness of EU Environmental Policy; Governing Climate Change; Globalization and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology, and Power; Climate Capitalism; Transnational Climate Change Governance and Global Green Politics.

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2023: ‘Mind the Gap: The Global Governance of Just Transitions’ (with Freddie Daley, Olga Mikheeva and Iva Pesa). Global Policy 14(3): 425-437.

2022: ‘Cutting the supply of climate injustice’ IDS Bulletin 53(4): 31-47 (with Mohamed Adow).

2022: ‘Building a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty: Key Elements’ Earth Systems Governance (with Harro Van Asselt and Freddie Daley)

2022: Bhambra, G.K. and Newell, P. (2022) ‘More than a metaphor: ‘climate colonialism’ in perspective’, Global Social Challenges Journal, XX(XX): 1–9, DOI: 10.1332/EIEM6688

2022: ‘Pathways to an International Agreement to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground’ Global Environmental Politics (with Harro van Asselt)

2022: ‘Cooking up an electric revolution: The political economy of e-cooking’ Energy Research and Social Science (with Freddie Daley).

2022: ‘Oro blanco: assembling extractivism in the lithium triangle’, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 49:5, 945-968 (with Daniela Soto Hernandez).

2022: ‘Climate justice’ The Journal of Peasant Studies 49:5, 915-923.

2022: ‘Navigating tensions between rapid and just low-carbon transitions’ Environmental Research Letters (with Benjamin Sovacool and Frank Geels). 17 (2022) 041006

2022: ‘Equity, technological innovation, and sustainable behaviour in a low-carbon future’ (2nd author with Benjamin Sovacool, Sanya Carley, Jessica Fanzo) Nature Human Behaviour (6): 326-337.

2021: ‘The business of climate transformation’ Current History 120 (829): 307-312.

2021: ‘Scaling behaviour change for a 1.5 degree world: Challenges and opportunities’ Global Sustainability (with Michelle Twena and Freddie Daley).

2021: ‘Towards transformative climate justice: An emerging research agenda’ WIRES Climate Change (with Shilpi Srivastava, Lars Otto Naess, Gerardo Torres Contreras and Roz Price)

Ford A, Newell P. 2021. “Regime resistance and accommodation: Toward a neo-Gramscian perspective on energy transitions,” Energy Research & Social Science. 2021;79:102163.

Stoddard I, Anderson K, Capstick S, et al. 2021. “Three Decades of Climate Mitigation: Why Haven’t We Bent the Global Emissions Curve?,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources. October 17, 2021.

Peter Newell, Freddie Daley & Michelle Twena. 2021. “Changing our ways? Behaviour change and the climate crisis. The report of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change,” Cambridge Sustainability Commissions (April 2021).

Peter Newell. 2021. “Power Shift: The Global Political Economy of Energy Transitions.” Cambridge University Press (April 2021).

F, Hoolohan C, Hultman M, Hällström N, Kartha S, Klinsky S, Kuchler M, Lövbrand E, Nasiritousi N, Newell P, Peters GP, Sokona Y, Stirling A, Stilwell M, Spash C, Williams M. 2021. “Three decades of climate mitigation: why haven’t we bent the global emissions curve?” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Volume 46.

Peter Newell. 2021. “Race and the Politics of Energy Transitions,” Energy Research and Social Science (2021).

Peter Newell & Andrew Simms. 2020. “How Did We Do That? Histories and Political Economies of Rapid and Just transitions,” New Political Economy (August 2020).

Peter Newell. 2020. “The Business of Rapid Transition,”WIREs Climate Change (July 2020).

Peter Newell. 2019. “Global Green Politics,” Cambridge University Press (December 2019).

Peter Newell & Andrew Simms. 2019. “Towards a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty,” Climate Policy (July 2019).

Peter Newell & Richard Lane. 2018. “A Climate for Change? The Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Politics,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs (December 2018).

Peter Newell. 2018. “Trasformismo or Transformation? The Global Political Economy of Energy Transitions,” Review of International Political Economy (November 2018).

Phil Johnstone & Peter Newell. 2018. “Sustainability transitions and the state,” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (June 2018).

Peter Newell & Olivia Taylor. 2018. “Contested landscapes: The Global Political Economy of Climate Smart Agriculture,” Journal of Peasant Studies (July 2017).

Peter Newell & Jon Phillips. 2016. “Neoliberal energy transitions in the South: Kenyan experiences,Geoforum (August 2016).

Marcus Power, Peter Newell, Lucy Baker, Harriet Bulkeley, Joshua Kirshner, & Adrian Smith. 2016. “The political economy of energy transitions in Mozambique and South Africa: The role of the Rising Powers,” Energy Research and Social Sciences (July 2016).

2016. “The Globalization and the Environment Reader,” Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (June 2016).

Peter Newell & Harriet Bulkeley. 2016. “Landscape for Change? International Climate Policy and Energy Transitions: Evidence from Southern Africa,” Climate Policy (May 2016).

Lars Otto Naess, Peter Newell, Andrew Newsham, Jon Phillips, Julian Quan, & Thomas Tanner. 2015. “Climate policy meets national development contexts: Insights from Kenya and Mozambique,” Global Environmental Change (November 2015).

Harriet Bulkeley et al. 2014. “Transnational Climate Change Governance,” Cambridge University Press (August 2014).

Peter Newell. 2013. “Globalisation and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power,” Cambridge: Polity (April 2013).

2012. “The ‘New’ Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance and Contestation,” Oxford: Wiley Blackwell (February 2012).

Peter Newell & Matthew Paterson. 2010. “Climate Capitalism,” Cambridge University Press (2010).