Publications


Can national policy blockages accelerate the development of polycentric governance? Evidence from recent developments in UK climate policy

Working paper by Andy Gouldson, Jouni Paavola, James Van Alstine on 31 Oct 2016

Many factors can conspire to limit the scope for policy development at the national scale. In this paper, we consider whether blockages in national policy processes – resulting for example from austerity or ‘small state’ political philosophies – might accelerate the development of more polycentric governance arrangements. Recognising that this issue is of widespread relevance, […]


The Governance of Corporate Responses to Climate Change: An International Comparison

Research article by Andy Gouldson on 23 Oct 2016

In response to pressures from governments, investors, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, many large corporations have adopted a variety of carbon and energy management practices, taken action to reduce their emissions and set targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Using the case of international retailers, this article examines whether, and under what conditions, non-state […]


The risk of climate ruin

Research article by Oliver Bettis, Simon Dietz, Nick Silver on 21 Oct 2016

Oliver D. Bettis, Simon Dietz, and Nick G. Silver.  2006. Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1846-3.


Autonomous adaptation to riverine flooding in Satkhira District, Bangladesh: insights for transformation

Working paper by Adrian Fenton, Anne Tallontire, Jouni Paavola on 17 Oct 2016

Systematic understanding of adaptation measures utilised by households in developing countries is needed to identify the constraints they face, and the external interventions or adaptation planning needed to overcome them. Ecological-resilience, political-ecology, and risk-hazard approaches have dominated research on climate change adaptation and they have mostly focused on incremental adaptation. This article examines to what […]


Blowing policy bubbles: rethinking emissions targets and renewable energy subsidies in the UK

Working paper by Kathryn Lock on 17 Oct 2016

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Climate Change Act was the first instance of a nation state self-imposing legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Its achievement depends to a large extent on decarbonising the country’s energy systems, particularly through the scaling up of renewable energy supply. Political attention, policy image and the discursive entwining of […]




Are Corporate Carbon Management Practices Reducing Corporate Carbon Emissions?

Research article by Baran Doda, Caterina Gennaioli, Andy Gouldson, David Grover on 1 Oct 2016

This paper is the first large scale, quantitative study of the impact of corporate carbon management practices on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using data for 2009 and 2010 from the Carbon Disclosure Project survey, we find little compelling evidence that commonly adopted management practices are reducing emissions. This finding is unexpected and we propose […]