Jared Finnegan is Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at University College London. Previously, he held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and UC Berkeley. His research examines the comparative political economy of the high-income democracies with a focus on climate change and energy policy. He is interested in how governments, firms, and voters think about and address long-term policy challenges. His work has appeared in Comparative Political StudiesClimate Policy and the Socio-Economic Review


Jared holds a PhD in Political Science, MRes in Political Science, and MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE and a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before his doctoral studies he was a Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute. 

Research interests

  • Climate change politics, policy, and governance
  • Long-term policymaking
  • Comparative political economy


Research - 2022

The authors of this paper draw on two historical episodes illustrating variation in energy transitions across countries—the 1970s oil shocks, and policies to address climate change—to offer important lessons on the political opportunities and constraints for policy-makers across different countries to accelerate the transition to clean energy. Read more

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Policy - 2018


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