Climate Change Intensifies Inequality: An Interview with Gregor Semieniuk (Global Policy)

Gregor Semieniuk (Ph.D., Economics, New School for Social Research, 2015) is Assistant Research Professor at PERI and the Department of Economics at UMass Amherst. His research focuses on the energy and resource requirements of global economic growth and on the political economy of rapid, policy-induced structural change that is required for the transition to a low carbon economy. In the former project, Gregor harnesses historical data to critique IPCC and other scenarios of future economic growth and climate change mitigation that rely strongly on energy efficiency measures to both grow fast and deliver unprecedented energy savings. In the latter Gregor examines the role of government and private investors in financing the investments required for rapid low carbon energy transitions as well as the impact of mitigation policy on the financial system. Gregor also has a keen interest in the measurement and characterisation of inequality, in particular as it applies to the ongoing low-carbon transition. Gregor is currently on leave from his Lecturer (Assistant Professor in the UK system) position at the Department of Economics of SOAS University of London. He is also affiliated with the Institute of Innovation and Public Policy Purpose at University College London and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex.

Border Tensions Put the China-India Relationship on Ice (Global Policy)

Dev Lewis is Fellow and Program Lead at Digital Asia Hub and founder of the ChinaIndia Networked Newsletter.  He is also a fellow of the Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program. 

Brexit and the Liberal Elephant Trap (Global Policy)

Given the success of populist politicians across Europe, some pro-Europeans have openly wondered whether they should adopt the same tactics as populist parties to make the case for European integration. Michael Cottakis argues that this would be a mistake. To reverse the trend, pro-Europeans must quit dabbling in populism and instead play to their strengths by promoting dialogue and substantive policy reform.

Michael Cottakis is Director of the 89 Initiative, a pan-European think tank based at the London School of Economics.

Odds Still Stacked against Working Women in Europe (Global Policy)

International Women’s Day on March 8 is around the corner again, offering Europe’s decision makers a fresh chance for Europe to admit that women still lag men in the workplace. Childcare provision is often in short supply and women are still much less likely than men to sit in the boss’ chair – but is Europe moving in the right direction?

By Jess Smee

With Brexit ‘done’, it’s Time to Overhaul Our Tax System (Global Policy)

Corporate tax dodging disproportionately affects women and girls. That’s why we’re calling for a feminist tax system, now!

By Caroline Othim, Marie Antonelle Joubert and Roosje Saalbrink

The Coronavirus: State Capacity and Crisis Response in China (Global Policy)

Mega-quarantines, large hospitals built within a week, and sharing information with the global scientific community! The outbreak of the coronavirus (nCov2019) in China that has infected thousands of people and killed over 100, provides an illustrative example of the challenges facing the powerful Chinese state as it strives to contain the epidemic within its borders while limiting the effects of “stagflation” and further damage to its reputation abroad.

Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée is PhD fellow at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment, exploring the role of non-state actors during health crises.

Dan Banik, PhD, is Professor of political science at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment and is Director of the Oslo SDG initiative.

Book Review – ‘One Planet’ Cities: Sustaining Humanity Within Planetary Limits (Global Policy)

‘One Planet’ Cities: Sustaining Humanity Within Planetary Limits by David Thorpe. London: Routledge 2019