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Environmental Politics Research Group

The Newcastle University Environment and Sustainability Politics Research Group provides a forum for cutting edge multi-disciplinary scholarship on the politics and policy of the environment and sustainability.

About us

Our work spans both the theoretical and empirical analysis of how politics shapes the protection of the Earth, embracing scientific, normative and critical perspectives.

We deploy numerous and varied methodologies, techniques, and theoretical frameworks. 

Throughout the academic year, we:

  • host workshops
  • hold seminars involving both internal and external speakers
  • constructively review and comment on drafts of papers, chapters, applications and ideas and
  • engage in fun and fruitful networking activities.

Our group contains but is not limited to: political scientists, political philosophers, political economists, planners, creative arts practitioners, engineers and environmental scientists.

Our areas of expertise

We have a number of globally recognised areas of expertise, including:

  • global governance and public policy
  • normative questions and principles of justice
  • climate action
  • participatory and deliberative democracy
  • environmental and water governance and planning

Engage with us

Our group members engage with research groups inside the University, including:

  • Centre for Water
  • Centre for Energy
  • Center for Climate and Environmental Resilience

and actors and organisations outside the university, including:

  • Newcastle City Council
  • Headway Arts (Blyth)
  • Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament
  • UK Parliament
  • the OECD
  • Asian Development Bank
  • the European Commission
  • the National Statistics Office of Vietnam

The group is co-convened by Professor Katharine Rietig and Professor Anthony R. Zito

We are interested in connecting with other researchers and organisations with an interest in research on environmental politics.

Please contact us for further information and for learning how you can participate.

Meet our people

Read more about our group members and their research interests