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I'm a Human Geographer by training, with a background in Development Studies, International Relations and History. My main academic objective is to help understand society-nature relations, and how these are changed and articulated through various sustainability challenges. Broadly speaking, my research is focused on the political economy of climate change mitigation. My PhD thesis, which I defended in September 2016, examined various market-based mechanisms for climate and energy policy and sought to understand the environmental outcomes they generate. 

My current research centers on the politics, political economy and political ecology of climate change mitigation, with a particular focus on negative emissions / carbon removal. The research projects that I am part of for example study the politics of modelling negative emissions in integrated assessment models; the assumptions underpinning projections of large-scale carbon removal; and the extent and form in which these are being taken up by policy makers in different countries. My research also investigates the implementation of specific carbon removal projects, through technologies ranging from perennial agriculture to large-scale tree planting, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and direct air capture (DAC). This involves, for example, examining the political and economic conditions for project implementation across different geographies and the political economy of project development and finance. A key theme running through my research is the question of climate justice. 

All my publications are available through researchgate. If you would like to access the published version for any of them and cannot get a hold of it, just send me an email.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

UKÄ subject classification

  • Human Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • climate change
  • commodification
  • political ecology
  • emissions trading
  • enviornmental geography


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