Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am a political scientist whose research focuses on public policy analysis, particularly in the European Union. More specifically, my research interests and expertise lie in the following areas:

  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • Sustainability and CSR;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour

I use theory and concepts taken from political science, public policy-making and governance scholarship and business ethics literature. My research primarily focuses on the interaction between businesses, governments and non-governmental bodies (pressure groups such as Green peace and Friends of the Earth) with a view to exploring how public policy relating to C(S)R, the environment, energy policy and climate change are constructed and then implemented.

In geographical terms, my work concentrates on the European Union but also extends to individual countries within the EU such as the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden and beyond the EU to countries such as Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation.

For details of my publications see the Publications section.

In conducting my research I have jointly secured funding from a number of sources including the European Union (EU), the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UACES and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). 

I very much welcome applications from potential PhD students in any of the areas shown above, where my research interests and expertise are located.

PhD supervision and examining

Successful PhD Supervisions/Completions

  • 2016. A. Collins. ‘Studies in the Economic Analysis and Regulation of Environmental and Social Problems’. UEA.
  • 2016. A. Siepong. ‘A Three-Fold Study of Multi-Dimensional Models of Green Marketing Capabilities (GMC) for the Enhancement of Green Competitive Advantage and Superior Performance: The Insights into Strategic-Behaviour and Strategic-GMC-Fit’. UEA.
  • 2012. E. Beddewela. ‘An investigation of corporate responsibility practices amongst MNCs’ subsidiaries in Sri Lanka: Implementation and influencing factors’. University of Bradford.
  • 2011. L. O’ Riordan. ‘Corporate Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the UK and Germany. University of Bradford.


 PhD Examining

  • 2018. Alkis Theonas Pitelis. 'The effects of public industrial policy on renewable energy innovation'. Internal Examiner, UEA.
  • 2018. Brendan Moore. 'The political effects of climate policy: Policy feedback from the European Union Emissions Trading System'. Internal Examiner, UEA.
  • 2017. O Fitch Roy. 'Negotiating the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework: agendas, ideas, and European interest groups'. External Examiner. University of Exeter.
  • 2016. V. Gravey. ‘Does the European Union have a reverse gear? Environmental policy dismantling, 1992-2014. Internal Examiner. UEA.
  • 2011. M. N. Verma. ‘New trends in environmental and socially responsible management in the cement manufacturing’. Internal Examiner. University of Bradford.
  • 2007. A. Barron. ‘The Effects of culture on the production of information and communication technologies (ICT) in France and Germany’. Internal Examiner. University of Bradford.


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