Andrew Jordan


I am fascinated by the politics that emerge when attempts are made to govern environmental problems using the tools and methods of public policy. I have examined how these different forms of politics have played out in relation to different aspects of governing including the use of new policy instruments, policy coordination across sectors, policy innovation and policy dismantling. I undertake comparative work on these topics in substantive policy areas such as climate change and sustainable development. I am particularly interested in governing processes that occur in the European Union, its Member States and third countries outside of Europe. I have published many papers and books on these themes, including Dismantling Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Tools of Policy Formulation (Edward Elgar, 2015, with John Turnpenny) and the third edition of EU Environmental Policy (Earthscan, 2012, with Camilla Adelle). Between 2014 and 2018 I was the Chair of COST Action IS1309 (Innovations in Climate Governance – INOGOV, 2014-8), a 28 country network of excellence.

In the past, I have taken on leadership roles in many large national and EU-funded projects, and produced work for a number of knowledge users including the OECD, the UK Cabinet Office, the UK environment ministry (DEFRA), UK Foresight, the European Commission, the Dutch Environment Ministry, WWF and the RSPB.  In 2015-16 I served as a specialist advisor to the UK Parliamentary environmental audit committee for its inquiry on the EU referendum.

I was the Editor and/or Managing Editor of the international journal Environment and Planning C (Government and Policy) from 1998-2016. I currently sit on the editorial boards of West European PoliticsPolicy Sciences, Economic Geography and Environmental Politics.

In 2008 I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and in 2017 I was identified as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, one of only 180 social scientists in the world. In 2022 I was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of the influence of my research on climate change to the humanities and social sciences. I am proud to join this fellowship of over 1,600 of the leading minds in these subjects from the UK and overseas.

I currently sit on: the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (2016-2020); DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council: Social Science Expert Group (2018- ); the Advisory Group of the NERC Environmental Evidence for the Future Initiative (2017-8).

In my research, I am currently working on two main topics:

  • Brexit and the environment – I co-lead an award winning ESRC funded academic network which seeks to understand what challenges and opportunities Brexit raises for environmental policy and governance
  • Climate Change Governance post Paris: I am completing a co-authored monograph with Brenda Moore, entitled ‘Durability by Design? Policy Feedback in a Changing Climate.



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Visiting Professorships:

Australian National University (2005-6); University of Queensland, Brisbane (2012)

Prizes and Awards:

Philip Leverhulme Prize fellowship (2003-6)

Contemporary European Studies Association, annual best book prize (2007)

Harold D. Lasswell Prize for the best ariticle in Policy Sciences (2011)

Lloyds Science of Risk prize for Climate Change research (2012)

Insight of the Year – 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Awards (for work on the EU Referendum)

Web of Science, Highly Cited Researcher – ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year – one of only 180 social scientists in the world (2017).


Fellowships etc:

Philip Leverhulme Prize fellowship (2003-6)
Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2010-3)
Member of the UK Green Alliance (1999-)
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) (2008-)

Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA) (2018-)

Fellow of the British Academy (2022-)

Andrew Jordan

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Phone: (00) (44) (0)1603 592552

Fax: (00) (44) (0)1603 593739

Postal Address:
Professor Andrew J. Jordan School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ United Kingdom