Peter Eckersley

Postdoctoral research associate, University of Sheffield

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics, working on a project that analyses the impact of austerity on EU environmental policy. I am interested in comparative public policy, local governance, climate change and state-societal relations.

Between 2015 and 2016 I worked as a Research Associate in the Environment Department at the University of York, and at Newcastle University Business School. I have also worked as a visiting researcher at the universities of Potsdam and Muenster in Germany.

My PhD from Newcastle University was in Political Science and it compared the policy-making processes of an English and a German municipality in the area of climate change. I also have an MA in European Union Studies and a BA in Government and EU Studies from Newcastle.

Between 2001 and 2012 I worked for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA, the UK's accountancy body for the public services). This involved advising public sector practitioners, most of whom worked in local authorities, on management, strategy, finance and policy development.


  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Sheffield
  • 2017–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of York
  • 2015–2016
    Research associate, Newcastle University


  • 2016 
    Newcastle University, PhD in Politics