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Personal Statement

I am a Reader in International Relations in the School of Government & Public Policy and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. My research focuses on international cooperation and the political economy of environmental regulation and energy policy. I am particularly interested in how the domestic political economy and political incentives shape governments’ and firms’ responses to climate change and the global energy transformation.

In currently ongoing work, I study the politics of carbon markets, firms’ commitments to corporate decarbonisation, and the distributional effects of climate policy. I also lead a recently awarded ESRC project on the role of science in internatonal climate cooperation. I received the Emerging Young Scholar Award of APSA's Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) section in 2021 and successfully obtained funding from the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). My teaching regularly involves classes on international organizations and global energy/climate policy and politics.

Among other outlets, my work was published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Energy Economics, PNAS, and Science Advances. My book on Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap was published with MIT Press in 2018 and offers the first comprehensive political science account of energy poverty. I have written for The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, VoxDev, The Conversation and the LSE's EUROPP blog. My work has been covered by The Economist.

Academic / Professional qualifications

PgCert in Academic Practice, University of Glasgow, 2019
PhD in Political Science, University of Mannheim, 2013
MSc in Environmental & Resource Economics, University College London, 2008
BA in Philosophy & Economics, University of Bayreuth, 2007

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert in Academic Practice, University of Glasgow


Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, University of Mannheim


Master in Science, Environmental and Resource Economics, University College London


Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy & Economics, Universität Bayreuth


External positions

Member of the Editorial Board at the Institute for Replication (I4R)

2022 → …

Member of the Editorial Board for Cambridge University Press Serioes on Organizational Responses to Climate Chnage: Business, Governments, and Nonprofits


Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Essex, Department of Government, University of Essex


Associated Researcher, Research Centre on the Political Economy of Reforms, University of Mannheim

2014 → …


  • international cooperation
  • energy policy
  • global environmental politics
  • political economy
  • game theory
  • quantitative methods
  • survey/field experimental design


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