Jennifer Baka

Assistant Professor of Environment; Director of BSc Environment & Development and BSc Environmental Policy with Economics

Department of Geography and Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)207 955 6573

Room: STC 3.05, St Clement's Building, LSE

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE. Jennifer joined the department in 2013 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship and PhD at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She also earned a master's in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Jennifer worked as an economic consultant in Washington, DC examining the impacts of electricity market deregulation in the United States. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France.

Jennifer's research critically examines the politics of energy policy. Her particular focus is to both analyse the micro-politics of policy formation and to evaluate the social and environmental impacts resulting on the ground. For her dissertation, she developed an interdisciplinary framework combining political and industrial ecology to examine the concept of 'wastelands' as it relates to India's biofuel programme. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geoforum, Development and Change and Environmental Science and Technology. In addition to her work in India, Jennifer has also researched biofuel projects in Brazil and Madagascar. She is currently developing projects to examine the use of biofuels for aviation and the emergence of natural gas hydraulic fracturing ('fracking').

  • Energy policy (biofuels, fracking, renewable energy)
  • Environmental policy
  • Land grabbing
  • India
  • Political ecology
  • Industrial ecology
  • Interdisciplinary research

Selected recent publications:

  • Jennifer Baka, Robert Bailis, 'Wasteland energy-scapes: A comparative energy flow analysis of India's biofuel and biomass economies', Ecological Economics 108 (2014) 8–17
  • Baka, J., 'What Wastelands? A Critique of Biofuel Policy Discourse in South India', Geoforum, 2014, 54, 315-323
  • Baka, J., 'The Political Construction of ‘Wasteland’: Governmentality, Land Acquisition and Social Inequality in South India', Development and Change, 2013 44(2), 409-428
  • Bailis, R., Baka, J., 'Constructing Sustainable Biofuels: Governance of the Emerging Biofuel Economy', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2011 11(4), 827-838
  • Bailis, R., Baka, J., 'Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use Change from Jatropha Curcas-Based Jet Fuel in Brazil', Environmental Science & Technology, 2010 44(22), 8684–8691
  • Baka, J., Roland-Holst, D., 'Food or Fuel? What European Farmers can do to Contribute to Europe’s Transportation Energy Requirements and the Doha Round', Energy Policy, 2009 37(7), 2505-2513



Jennifer BakaCV