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Fergus Green

Department of Political Science, University College London
United Kingdom
Email: [at] ucl [period/dot]

Fergus’ work is concerned with questions of politics, governance and justice arising from the transition to a low-carbon economy. Fergus began his career as a lawyer in Melbourne, Australia, specialising in climate, energy, water and environmental regulation. He spent two years as a policy analyst and research adviser to Professor Nicholas Stern at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he subsequently completed a PhD in political theory. His current research focuses on: green new deal-style integrated policy programmes; the “just transition” agenda; and the politics and governance of phasing out fossil fuels.

Fergus Green’s Website.


Fergus Green. 2021. “Ecological limits: science, justice, policy, and the good life” Philosophy Compass 16(6), e12740.

Zhifu Mi, Jiali Zheng, Fergus Green, Dabo Guan, Jing Meng, Kuishuang Feng, Xi Liang, Shouyang Wang. 2021. “Decoupling without outsourcing? How China’s consumption-based CO2 emissions have plateaued” iScience 24(10): 103130

Fergus Green and Eric Brandstedt. 2020. “Engaged Climate Ethics” Journal of Political Philosophy

Fergus Green and Ajay Gambhir. 2020. “Transitional assistance policies for just, equitable and smooth low-carbon transitions: who, what and how?” Climate Policy 20(8): 902–921.

Fergus Green and Richard Denniss. 2018. “Cutting with Both Arms of the Scissors: the economic and political case for restrictive supply-side climate policies” Climatic Change 150: 73–87

Fergus Green. 2018. “Anti-Fossil Fuel Norms” Climatic Change 150: 103–116

Fergus Green. 2018. “Comment: The Logic of Fossil Fuel Bans” Nature Climate Change 8: 449–451.

Zhifu Mi, Jing Meng, Fergus Green, D’Maris Coffman, and Dabo Guan. 2018. “China’s ‘exported carbon’ peak: patterns, drivers and implications” Geophysical Research Letters 45(9): 4309–4318

Thomas Spencer et al. 2018. “The 1.5°C Target and Coal Sector Transition: At the Limits of Societal Feasibility” Climate Policy 18(3): 335–351.

Fergus Green and Nicholas Stern. 2017. “China’s changing economy: implications for its carbon dioxide emissions.” 17 Climate Policy 423–442

Ye Qi, Nicholas Stern, Tong Wu, Jiaqi Lu, and Fergus Green. 2016. “China’s Post-Coal Growth” Nature Geoscience 9: 564–566

Fergus Green. 2017. “The normative foundations of climate legislation”. In A. Averchenkova, S. Fankhauser & M. Nachmany (Eds.), Trends in Climate Change Legislation. London: Edward Elgar, 85–107 (ch 5).

SEI et al. 2021. The Production Gap: 2021 Report.

SEI et al. 2020. The Production Gap Report: 2020 Special Report.

SEI et al. 2019. “The Production Gap: The discrepancy between countries’ planned fossil fuel production and global production levels consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C or 2°C.”

Media Coverage

Fergus Green’s research on the politics and governance of fossil fuel supply has been discussed by David Roberts, “It’s time to think seriously about cutting off the supply of fossil fuels,” Vox, May 31, 2018.

Fergus Green has discussed his research on the politics and governance of fossil fuel supply in the following commentaries:

Fergus Green has discussed his research on the importance of a just transition away from fossil fuels in in the following commentaries:

Fergus Green’s research with Nicholas Stern on the implications of China’s changing economy has been discussed by: