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Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex

Peter Newell is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. In 2008 he was awarded an ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellow to work on The Governance of Clean Development ( Prior to this he held posts as Professor of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia; James Martin Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment; Principal Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization, University of Warwick; Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; associate researcher at FLACSO Argentina and researcher and lobbyist for Climate Network Europe in Brussels.

He has worked on issues of environment and development, especially climate change, for over 18 years and conducted research and policy work for the governments of the UK, Sweden and Finland as well as international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been called upon to give presentations and evidence to the UK parliament on a number of occasions and to provide training to commonwealth parliamentarians. He also worked extensively with and for NGOs including Friends of the Earth, Climate Network Europe, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Practical Action, Transparency International, Care and the International Council on Human Rights Policy. He is a trustee of the One World Trust and chairs the group’s Independent Advisory Panel. In addition, he was worked closely with a range of businesses on issues of climate change and Corporate Social Responsibility both as lobbyist and provider of training and advisory services.

He is co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations, associate editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics and sits on the editorial board of Global Environmental Change, the Journal of Environment and Development and the Journal of Peasant Studies. His publications include the books: Climate for Change: Non State Actors and the Global Politics of the Greenhouse; The Effectiveness of EU Environmental Policy; Development and the Challenge of Globalization; The Business of Global Environmental Governance; Rights, Resources and the Politics of Accountability; Climate Capitalism and Governing Climate Change; Globalization and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power. He has also published more than 40 journal articles and 40 book chapters as well produced a number of commissioned studies, working papers and policy briefs.


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    Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex