Fergus Green

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Research programme
  • International environmental negotiations

  • Fergus Green

    Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern

    Fergus joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in January 2014. He is primarily responsible for providing academic and policy-related research assistance and advice to Professor Stern. He is also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s Policy Team, working on projects relating to international climate cooperation, climate policy in China, and various theoretical topics concerning the ethics and politics of climate change mitigation policy.


    Fergus began his career as a lawyer in the Melbourne office of Australasian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens-Linklaters) from February 2009 to June 2012, where he specialised in climate change, energy, water and environmental regulation. During this period, Fergus also engaged in Australia’s climate and energy policy debate as an independent commentator, writing for Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy and for a wide range of print and online media. He was a Fellow (2010), Director and Chairman (2011–12) of the not-for-profit Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

    Fergus moved to London in September 2012 to undertake graduate study after receiving a Sir John Monash Scholarship. He completed an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy with distinction at the LSE, receiving the Andrea Mannu Prize. He also holds a BA (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Melbourne.

    In 2013 Fergus was a research assistant in the LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method and throughout the 2013/14 academic year he was a Teaching Fellow in the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, where he taught Global Energy & Climate Policy at masters level.


    Research Interests

    • Global climate change governance and international cooperation;
    • Climate change policy in China, the UK and Australia;
    • The role of government in fostering structural economic change;
    • Ideal vs non-ideal (first vs second best) approaches to climate policy;
    • The regulation of fossil fuels / “Unburnable Carbon”;
    • Various topics in political theory, ethics, and the philosophy of economics and public policy:
      • Climate change ethics;
      • The ethics of policy transition (compensation, exemptions, grandfathering);
      • Liberal vs non-liberal and welfarist vs non-welfarist approaches to climate change;
      • Republican political theory, citizenship and democracy;
      • Social/political norms.
    Policy paper  20 March, 2015

    China’s 'new normal': better growth, better climate

    Paper analyses China’s economic and policy trends and its use of fossil fuels and finds that it is likely that China’s coal use has already passed a structural peak. read more »


    Policy paper  19 November, 2014

    Innovation, risk and government: perspectives and principles from the social sciences

    The interplay between innovation and risk, and the social interactions between public and private sectors, are critical in fostering innovation and determining its effectiveness. read more »

    Policy paper  30 October, 2014

    “This time is different”: The prospects for an effective climate agreement in Paris 2015

    COP21, to be held in Paris at the end of 2015, presents an important opportunity for governments to negotiate a new international climate agreement. A question of central importance to preparations for COP21 is: what sort of policy architecture is most likely to generate sufficiently ambitious action to reduce global emissions? read more »

    Policy paper  14 May, 2014

    China: a critical decade

    China’s consumption of coal could reach a peak by 2020, or even earlier, as part of its plans to pursue more sustainable economic growth. The policy paper by Fergus Green … read more »

    Policy paper  18 March, 2014

    Walking alone? How the UK's carbon targets compare with its competitors'

    The UK Government is reviewing the fourth carbon budget for the period  2023-27. The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the budget, which was originally legislated in … read more »

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    In the news  21 May, 2015

    DIALOGUE: Will China’s coal consumption and CO2 emissions continue to fall?

    Fergus Green, from the Grantham Research Institute and other leading China energy experts discuss whether China's coal consumption and CO2 emissions will continue to fall. read more »


    Herbst in Paris
    Commentary  16 December, 2014

    Towards agreement in Paris 2015: Why domestic issues matter more than international law

    As the climate change negotiations at COP20 in Lima come to a close, the question of whether the new climate agreement being negotiated should be “internationally legally binding” remains an unresolved point of controversy. read more »

    In the news  17 July, 2014

    Australia's carbon price repeal: the global context

    With the repeal today of Australia's two-year-old carbon pricing scheme, the Abbott Government has formalised Australia's transition from climate laggard to climate wrecker. But just how serious a blow to global climate efforts is this repeal? read more »

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    Public Lectures 23 Jun 2015

    Public lecture | International cooperation and climate change

    Dr Alina Averchenkova, Prof John Broome, Prof Robyn Eckersley and Fergus Green discuss why the international community been faltering on effective climate action and how we can break through the collective-action impasse. read more »

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