Centre for Energy and Climate Policy
Solving the intertwined global energy and climate challenges requires a swift and meaningful shift towards low-carbon energy sources and technologies, protection of natural assets as well as more sustainable resource consumption.
Yet transitioning economies around the world onto a more energy-secure, resilient and climate-friendly footing is a costly, complex and often politically fraught process. The SOAS Centre for Energy and Climate Policy provides a forum for the critical discussion of these challenges and, through independent research, analysis and engagement with stakeholders, develops actionable policy solutions with a particular focus on the Global South.
Specifically, the Centre’s objectives are to:
- foster research links between Centre members and academic and practitioner communities across London, the UK, and internationally on themes relevant to the Centre’s research streams;
- support the teaching of energy and climate policy through the MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy (on campus and online), professional skills courses, as well as related courses and programmes across SOAS
- facilitate discussion, research and scholarship related to energy and climate policy with particular attention to the political economy of energy and sustainability transitions, climate adaptation and resilience building, and energy and climate diplomacy and governance
- encourage and support applications for project-based and institutional research funding from external sources for workshops, speakers, publications and academic exchange in areas relating to energy and climate policy
Located in the SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies, the Centre welcomes membership from all interested parties across the School.
Research and teaching
Centre members produce cutting-edge research and analysis useful to both academic and practitioner audiences and are frequently called upon to provide policymakers and private sector stakeholders with expert analysis and insight.
The Centre’s research is built around three main streams:
- The political economy of energy and sustainability transitions
- Climate adaptation and resilience building
- Energy and climate diplomacy and governance
Through its research streams and current as well as past research projects, the Centre for Energy and Climate Policy can evidence a strong track record in approaching energy and climate policy with a focus on the Global South (projects addressing African, Asian and Middle Eastern contexts).
Through its MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy (on campus and online), professional training courses aimed at public and private sector audiences, and a series of seminars and events targeting the wider SOAS and academic community, the Centre aims to train and support the next generation of energy and climate leaders.
Intergenerational Justice in Eastern Africa
This research will explore intergenerational justice across the social sciences and humanities.
Reframing Justice after Atrocity
Through historical and modern case studies in Latin America, Europe and Africa and the new conceptual framework of “arenas of accountability”, this project examines justice interactions that go beyond the linear international-to-national transmission of norms and practices.
Civic Infrastructures of Torture
The project is based on exclusive access this research team has been granted to the archive of PCATI, which documents torture practices implemented by Israeli security agencies.
Focusing on the making of the Indian Constitution, PACT aims to build an advanced digital platform that contextualizes the Indian Constituent Assembly debates (1946-49) within wider public debates on constitution-making.
Migration Governance and Diplomacy
This project investigates how migration governance has been influenced by “refugee crises” and how crises at large shape policy responses on migration.
Pan-African Frontiers and Identities
This multi-sited collaborative research project explores the diverse deployments of pan-Africanism as a geopolitical and policy framework both on the African continent and in the diaspora.
African State Architecture
Professor Julia Gallagher and a team of researchers lead the African State Architecture project funded by a major grant from the European Research Council.
Strategic Concept for Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP)
A comprehensive approach to realising global disarmament,
ACE: Innovative approaches to anti-corruption
Finding impactful anti-corruption strategies around the world.
Recognising the women who shaped the UN Charter
Recognising the key role of women of the Global South in establishing the equality of the sexes in the UN Charter of 1945.