Peter Newell is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. He is a specialist in the politics and political economy of environment and development. For more than 25 years he has conducted research, consultancy and advisory work on issues of climate change and energy, agricultural biotechnology, corporate accountability and trade policy working in a number of countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. In recent years his research has mainly focussed on the political economy of carbon markets and low carbon energy transitions.
Besides working for academic institutions including the universities of Sussex, Oxford, Warwick and East Anglia, he has undertaken commissioned research and policy work for the governments of the UK, Sweden and Finland and for international organisations such as UNDP, GEF and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has worked for NGOs such as Friends of the Earth and Climate Network Europe and together with groups such as CDM Watch, Practical Action, Transparency International, Care, Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, International Council on Human Rights Policy. He sits on the board of directors of Greenpeace UK, is a board member of the Brussels-based NGO Carbon Market Watch and a member of the advisory board of the Greenhouse think-tank. He was co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations, is 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; Governing Climate Change; Globalization and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power; Transnational Climate Change Governance and Global Green Politics.