Email 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.
- 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.