Cumpston Research


Convenor: Hugh Compston, Cardiff University, UK

This project is designed to encourage colleagues to systematically apply the theories and methods of political science to the task of identifying politically viable long-term state strategies for mitigating climate change that would be effective enough to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Although their inside knowledge means that politicians and other stakeholders in the policy process are in many ways the best placed to identify these, so far they have failed to do so. In these circumstances it is up to political scientists to use our different conceptual perspectives and analytical methods to do what we can to help.


Our main activities comprise organizing panels and workshops, and collaborating on tightly coordinated book projects.

Climate Policy Strategies#2, April 2008 (Hugh Compston). This is a summary of the best ideas that I have come across so far. If you know of any other ideas, I would be most interested to hear from you.

Turning Down the Heat, edited by Hugh Compston and Ian Bailey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). This provides a broad-ranging review of the contemporary politics of climate policy in affluent democracies, focusing in particular on identifying political strategies that may enable governments to make major cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while avoiding significant political damage.

The Politics of Climate Policy, edited by Hugh Compston, Special Book Issue of Environmental Politics, 2009. This analyses the nature of climate policy politics in affluent democracies from a number of different theoretical angles in order to improve our understanding of which political strategies would be likely to enable national governments to make deep cuts in GHG emissions while avoiding significant political damage.

Workshop on the Politics of Climate Change, ECPR Joint Sessions, Rennes, 11-16 April 2008.

Papers at ECPR General Conference, Pisa, 6-8 September 2007.

From The Times August 18, 2004

Leverhulme Awards
The Trustees have approved the following awards to individuals under schemes administered by their Research Awards Advisory Committee:

Research Fellowships

Hugh Compston PhD, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Cardiff University, Long-term trends and the future of public policy;

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