John Turnpenny

University of East Anglia



My research focuses, broadly, on the relationship between evidence and public policy-making, and more specifically on policy analysis tools, construction and deployment of scientific evidence.  I take a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the politics of policy-making, and am particularly interested in environment, sustainable development and climate change-related policy. I have recently worked on the politics of valuing nature, and previously researched policy appraisal, use of analytical tools in policy, climate change and society, scenario creation and futures communication, and knowledge brokerage.

I have been co- or principal investigator on projects funded by the European Commission, NERC, ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation. My most recent project (2019-2022) is funded by the Open Research Area investigating why societies find it hard to adapt to climate change.    

I am a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Management at UEA, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined the School of Politics in 2012, following several years as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA.  I have an MA in Social Policy and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham.

I am interested in research student supervision in public policy and public management generally, particularly environment and sustainable development policy, and the use of science and analysis in policy formulation.  I also welcome contact from potential research students with a background in geography, or any arts and humanities subjects, who may be interested in a cross-disciplinary PhD co-supervised with colleagues in other Schools.


Siebenhüner, B.; Grothmann, T.; Huitema, D.; Oels, A.; Rayner, T.; Turnpenny, J. (2020) Lock-Ins in Climate Adaptation Governance. Conceptual and Empirical Approaches. In: Djalante, R. and B.Siebenhuener, B. [eds] “Adaptiveness – Changing Earth System Governance“ Cambridge University Press.

Russel, D. J., and J. Turnpenny. 2020. Embedding ecosystem services ideas into policy processes: an institutional analysis. Ecology and Society 25(1):9. 

Russel, D.J., Turnpenny, J.R, Jordan, A.J. (2018) Mainstreaming environment through appraisal: integrative environmental governance or logics of disintegration?  Environment & Planning C 36(8), 1355-1370 (published online DOI: 10.1177/2399654418767656) 

Turnpenny, J.R; Russel, D.J. (2017): The idea(s) of ‘valuing nature’: insights from the UK’s ecosystem services framework. Environmental Politics 26(6); 973 - 993 

A.J. Jordan and J.R. Turnpenny [eds], 2015, The Tools of Policy Formulation: Actors, Capacities, Venues and Effects, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Russel, D., Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J. (2016) The use of ecosystem services knowledge in policy-making: drawing lessons and adjusting expectations UEA Repository  (Chapter)

Turnpenny, J., Russel, D., Jordan, A., Bond, A., Sheate, W. (2016) Environment UEA Repository  (Chapter)

Jordan, A. J. (ed.), Turnpenny, J. (ed.) (2015) The Tools of Policy Formulation: Actors, Capacities, Venues and Effects Full Text UEA Repository  (Book)

Geneletti, D., Bond, A., Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Sheate, W., Jordan, A.(2015) Ecosystem services and sustainability assessment: theory and practice Full Text UEA Repository (Chapter)

Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Benson, D., Rayner, T. (2015) The tools of policy formulation: an introduction Full Text  (Chapter (peer-reviewed))

Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Adelle, C., Bartke, S., Bournaris, T., Kautto, P., Kuittinen, H., Ege Larsen, L., Moulogianni, C., Saarela, S., Weiland, S. (2015)

The use of policy formulation tools in the venue of policy appraisal: patterns and underlying motivations UEA Repository  (Chapter)

 Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J., Rayner, T. (2015) The tools of policy formulation: new perspectives and new challenges Full Text UEA Repository  (Chapter)

Turnpenny, J., Russel, D., Jordan, A. (2014) The challenge of embedding an ecosystems approach: patterns of knowledge utilisation in public policy appraisal Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Albon, S., Turner, K., Watson, R., Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Bond, A., Sheate, W., Adelle, C. (2014) UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on: Key findings: Embedding the Ecosystem Services Framework into appraisal UEA Repository  (Chapter)

 Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Bond, A., Sheate, W., Adelle, C. (2014) Work Package Report 9: Embedding an Ecosystem Services Framework in appraisal: Key barriers and enablers. (Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ UK

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