Patrick Curran

Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern

Patrick joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in February 2016.


Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Patrick worked at Camco Clean Energy (South Africa) supporting the development of climate change and energy policy in sub-Saharan Africa. His work included conducting research and advising government departments, public sector institutions, development finance institutions and private sector organizations to provide policy recommendations and evidence to support decision making.

During his time at Camco, Patrick worked on projects ranging from supporting energy and carbon policy development for the National Treasury, Department of Environmental Affairs, and Department of Science and Technology in South Africa, to the review of renewable energy policies and the design of renewable energy procurement mechanisms in the SADC region, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Uganda. Patrick has also worked at all scales of the public sector including providing support to local, national and regional bodies as well as explaining the implications to the private sector.

Patrick’s research interests lie in understanding how climate finance can be channeled to support public sector institutions and how it is used to create the enabling environment for climate change mitigation and adaption in developing countries. Patrick also has an interest around how renewable energy procurement mechanisms and carbon markets can be used to support sustainable development.

Patrick holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Environmental Science from Rhodes University, South Africa and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Public Sector Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

 17 October, 2018

Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development on: UK aid for combating climate change

This written evidence responds to four questions set by the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Development inquiry into ‘UK aid for combating climate change’. read more »

 30 August, 2018

Climate risks to hydropower supply in eastern and southern Africa

With substantial new hydropower generation planned for eastern and southern Africa, how can risks from rainfall variations and climate change be overcome to ensure reliable supply and socioeconomic development? This brief analyses the challenges and provides recommendations to policymakers, the energy sector and development partners. read more »

 1 August, 2018

Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa

Coherent, cross-sectoral approaches to policy development are essential to meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on research from southern Africa, this brief makes recommendations for improving coherence, which is currently partial to weak across the region. read more »


Policy report  20 November, 2017

Some key issues for reviews of the costs of low-carbon electricity generation in the UK

Ongoing concerns about the best policies to achieve affordability have led to three reviews: of energy costs, of the Levy Control Framework, and of carbon pricing. This paper draws on research findings and empirical evidence to identify key principles and issues that should be taken into account by the Government in relation to these separate but related reviews. read more »

Policy report  7 August, 2017

China’s leadership in fostering and financing infrastructure investment for a sustainable and dynamic future

A previous draft of this report was published as a background paper submission to the China Development Forum 2017. An 8-page summary policy brief is also available.  Headline issue China … read more »

 18 July, 2017

China’s leadership on sustainable infrastructure: lessons for the world

China is taking an active leadership role in a new global agenda that has sustainable infrastructure at its heart – an agenda that is starting to address the … read more »

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Commentary  24 October, 2018

As South Africa’s carbon tax is delayed again what is the story so far?

Patrick Curran reflects on a nine-year discussion about carbon pricing and carbon tax in South Africa as the country's government postpones the tax's implementation once again. read more »

Commentary  1 August, 2018

Without policy coherence achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will be difficult

In July, representatives of 166 countries, civil society and international institutions gathered in New York for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HPLF). Their objective was to review progress … read more »

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