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Andy Gouldson

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Andy is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist whose work combines aspects of geography and environment, politics and policy, economics and management and science and technology studies. He has nearly 20 years of experience working on a wide range of issues relating to environmental policy and management.

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Background

From January 2006 to June 2009, Andy was Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Andy spent ten years at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Throughout his career, he has worked closely with government, regulatory agencies, businesses, pressure groups and local communities. 

Research interests

  • The influence of different forms of policy and governance on businesses and economic development;
  • Relationships between environment, economy and society;
  • Management of environmental risks;
  • Theories of ecological modernisation and environmental justice;
  • Issues relating to air pollution;
  • Management of the risks associated with climate change;
  • Enhancing the prospects for a transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Media articles

2013

Corporate Climate Change Targets and the Low Carbon Economy: A Critical Assessment|
Gouldson, Andrew. The European Financial Review, 20 August

Effective governance of corporate responsibility|
Gouldson, Andrew. Ethical Corporation, 17 September

A big leap for Kolkata's carbon-neutral dream|
Gouldson, Andrew. Times of India, 20 November

 

2012

Financing low carbon cities: reconciling needs and expectations
|Rory Sullivan, Andy Gouldson and Philip Webber, The Guardian, 17 August

Are there limits to energy efficiency for supermarkets?
|Rory Sullivan and Andy Gouldson, The Guardian, 5 July

2011

Five obstacles to reducing value chain greenhouse gas emissions
|Rory Sullivan and Andy Gouldson, The Guardian (The Sustainable Business Blog), 5 May

Whose responsibility is it to reduce carbon emissions?
|Rory Sullivan and Andy Gouldson, The Guardian (The Sustainable Business Blog), 18 April

Policy articles

2012

Gouldson, A., Kerr, N., Topi, C., Dawkins, E., Kuylenstierna, J., Pearce, R. January 2012. The economics of low carbon cities: a mini-Stern Review for the Leeds City Region. Centre for Low Carbon Futures / CCCEP. External link to PDF of document|

2009

Bowen, A., Forster, P.M., Gouldson, A., Hubacek, K., Martin, R., O'Neill, D.W., Rap, A., and Rydge, J. October 2009. The implications of the economic slowdown for greenhouse gas emissions and targets. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper |(PDF, 0.99MB)

Research articles

2014

Gouldson, Andrew P and Sullivan, Rory. The Economics and Financing of City-Scale Retrofits In: Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability: Mapping the Transition for 2050, Routledge 2014. Link to publisher|.

2013

Gouldson, A., Sullivan, R., and Afionis, S. July 2013. The governance of corporate responsibility. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (260KB)

Gouldson, A., and Sullivan, R. March 2013. Long-term corporate climate change targets: what could they deliver? Environmental Science & Policy, v.27, pp.1-10. External link to full article|

2012

Gouldson, A., Sullivan, R., and Webber, P. November 2012. Funding low carbon cities: mapping the risks and opportunities. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 360KB)

Sullivan, R., and Gouldson, A. October 2012. Understanding the limits of voluntary carbon reporting and the potential of mandatory reporting. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (167KB)

Jagger, N., Foxon, T.J., and Gouldson, A. June 2012. Skills constraints for low-carbon transitions. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (475KB)

Forthcoming - due April 2012. The Economy of Green Cities (Richard Simpson, Monika Zimmermann [eds.]). External link to book details|

2011

Gouldson, A., and Sullivan, R. November 2011. Ecological modernisation and the spaces for feasible action on climate change. Climate Change and the Crisis of Capitalism: a chance to reclaim, self, society and nature (Mark Pelling, David Manuel-Navarrete, Michael Redclift [eds.]). Routledge. External link to book details|

Bailey, I., Gouldson, A., Newell, P. April 2011. Ecological modernisation and the governance of carbon: a critical analysis. Antipode, v.43, pp.682-703. External link to full article|

2010

Bailey, I., Gouldson, A., and Newell, P. Ecological modernisation and the governance of carbon: a critical analysis. Working paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 233KB)

Lange, B, and Gouldson, A. August 2010. Trust-based environmental
regulation. Sci Total Environ, 408, pp.5235-5243. External link to full article| 

2009

Gouldson, A., Morton, A., and Pollard, S.J.T. September 2009. Better environmental regulation: contributions from risk-based decision-making. Science of the Total Environment, v.407. External link to full article|

Murphy, J., and Gouldson, A. July 2009. Environmental policy and industrial innovation: integrating environment and economy through ecological modernisation. The Ecological Modernisation Reader: environmental reform in theory and practice [Arthur P.J. Mol and David A Sonnenfeld, eds.]. Routledge, Oxford.

Paavola, J., Gouldson, A., and Kluvánková-Oravská, T. April 2009. The interplay of actors, scales, frameworks and regimes in the governance of biodiversity. Environmental Policy and Governance, v.19 (3). External link to full article|

Murphy, J., and Gouldson, A. 2009 (republished). Integrating environment and economy through ecological modernisation? An assessment of the impact of environmental policy on industrial innovation. The Ecological Modernization Reader: environmental reform in theory and practice [Mol, A., Sonnenfeld, D., and Spaargaren, G. [eds], Routledge, Oxford.

2008 

Gouldson, A. December 2008. Understanding business decision making on the environment. Energy Policy, v.36, pp.4618-4620. External link to full article| (PDF)

Gouldson, A., Lopez-Gunn, E., Van Alstine, J., Rees, Y., Davies, M., and Krishnarayan, V. November 2008. New, alternative and complementary policy instruments and the implementation of the water framework directive. European Environment, v.19, pp.359-370. External link to full article|

Gouldson, A., Hills, P., and Welford, R. January 2008. Ecological modernisation and policy learning in Hong Kong. Geoforum, v.39, pp.319 330. External link to full article|

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