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Patrick Bayer

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

University of Strathclyde

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I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Government & Public Policy and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. My research focuses on international cooperation and the political economy of environmental regulation and energy policy. I am particularly interested in how the domestic political economy and political incentives shape governments’ and firms’ responses to climate change and the global energy transformation.

In currently ongoing work, I study the politics of carbon markets, firms’ commitments to corporate decarbonisation, and the distributional effects of climate policy. I also lead a recently awarded ESRC project on the role of science in internatonal climate cooperation. I received the Emerging Young Scholar Award of APSA's Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) section in 2021 and successfully obtained funding from the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). My teaching regularly involves classes on international organizations and global energy/climate policy and politics.

Among other outlets, my work was published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Energy Economics, PNAS, and Science Advances. My book on Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap was published with MIT Press in 2018 and offers the first comprehensive political science account of energy poverty. I have written for The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, VoxDev, The Conversation and the LSE's EUROPP blog. My work has been covered by The Economist.

My contact details can be found in my CV here.

Latest Publications

Beliefs about Climate Action Consequences under Weak Global Institutions: Sectors, Home Bias, and International Embeddedness

Climate policy has distributional effects, so ratcheting up climate ambition over time will only become politically feasible if the …

The European Union Emissions Trading System Reduced CO2 Emissions Despite Low Prices

International carbon markets are an appealing and increasingly popular tool to regulate carbon emissions. By putting a price on carbon, …

The Need for Impact Evaluation in Electricity Access Research

Despite the growing use of impact evaluations for electrification interventions, little attention has been paid to the geographical …

Work in progress

  • The Breadth-Depth Trade-off and the Cost of Non-cooperation in Multilateral Agreements.

  • Compliance with International Environmental Regulation: Installation-level Evidence from European Carbon Markets.

  • Decarbonization or Greenwashing? Firm-level Evidence of Voluntary Corporate Climate Action (with Jonas Bunte).

  • Climate Policy Costs and Backlash Against International Cooperation (with Federica Genovese).

  • Popular Support for Supranational Climate Policies–Evidence from Germany (with Lena Schaffer).

Teaching

  • L2912: International Institutions and Regimes (spring 2020, graduate) [Syllabus]

  • EC964: Global Energy Policy and Politics (spring 2022, graduate) [Syllabus]