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Peter Newell

University of Sussex
United Kingdom
Email P.J.Newell [at] sussex [period/dot] ac.uk

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.

Publications

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).

Media Coverage

Fossil fuel disarmament,” Peter Newell & Andrew Simms, Le Monde Diplomatique, July 7, 2020.

Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Must End,” Geoffrey Supran, Peter Erickson, Doug Koplow, Michael Lazarus, Peter Newell, Naomi Oreskes, & Harro van Asselt, Scientific American, February 24, 2020.

Peter Newell featured on GREEN POLITICS: Here to stay? TRT TV, November 27, 2019.

We need a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty – and we need it now,” Andrew Simms & Peter Newell, The Guardian, October 23, 2018.

Peter Newell featured with David Attenborough on The Meaning of Climate Change,” The Glass Bead Game, December 1, 2015.