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Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

Professor Harriet Bulkeley

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41940
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 212

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Harriet Bulkeley’s research is concerned with environmental governance and focused on three key themes. First, theorizing and explaining the processes and practices of governing the environment. Her work in this area has focused on the politics of managing municipal waste in the UK and, through the EPSRC funded Carbon, Control and Comfort project and the ESRC-EPSRC InCluESEV research cluster is currently developing in the field of energy systems.

Second, the urban politics of climate change and sustainability. Harriet has a long standing interest in research in this field and currently holds an ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship, Urban Transitions: climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical systems, through which she is developing this work. A report commissioned by the World Bank on Cities and Climate Change: The role of institutions, governance and urban planning can be found here:

The third area of Harriet’s research interests lies in the political geographies of environmental governance, in particular emerging (transnational) political spaces on the boundaries of public/private authority through which climate change is being governed. Harriet leads the Leverhulme international network Transnational Climate Governance and through her Philip Leverhulme Prize is examining the politics of climate change emerging beyond the nation-state in the UK.

Harriet is an Editor of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy and Domain Editor of ‘Policy and Governance’ for Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change.

Research Groups

Research Projects

  • InCluESEV - Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability
  • International Network on Urban Low Carbon Transitions (INCUT)
  • Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa, The
  • Transnational Climate Change Governance (TCCG)
  • Urban Transitions: Climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical systems

Research Interests

  • Processes of governing: concepts of governmentality, scale, networks, and learning
  • The contested nature of urban sustainability
  • The multi-scalar politics of climate change

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Bulkeley, H. & Caston Broto, V. Urban governance and climate change experiments. In: Mieg, H. & Topfer, K. Institutional and Social Innovation for Sustainable Urban Development. Routledge; 2013:72-87.
  • Bulkeley, H. Climate change and urban governance: a new politics? In: Lockie, S., Sonnenfield, D. & Fisher, D. Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Routledge; 2012.
  • Bulkeley, H. & Schroeder, H. Global cities and the politics of climate change. In: Dauvernge.P. Handbook of Global Environmental Politics. Edward Elgar; 2012.
  • Bulkeley, H. Cities and subnational governments. In: Dryzek, J.S., Norgaard, R.B. & Schlosberg, D. Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Oxford University Press; 2011.
  • Bulkeley, H., Hodson, M. & Marvin, S. Emerging strategies of urban reproduction and the pursuit of low carbon cities. In: Flint, J. & Raco, M. The New Politics of Sustainable Urban Planning. The Policy Press; 2011.
  • Bulkeley, H., Castan Broto, V. & Maassen, A. Governing urban low carbon transitions. In: Bulkeley, H., Castan Broto,V., Hodson, M. & Marvin, S. Cities and Low Carbon Transitions. London; 2010.
  • Bulkeley, H. Planning Governance of Climate Change In: Davoudi, S., Crawford, J. & Mehmood, A. Planning for Climate Change Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners. Earthscan; 2009.

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