John Turnpenny


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.


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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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Russel, Duncan; Turnpenny, John

Embedding ecosystem services ideas into policy processes: an institutional analysis Journal Article

In: Ecology and Society, 25 (1), 2020, ISSN: 1708-3087.

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Turnpenny, J; Russel, D; Jordan, A

The challenge of embedding an ecosystem services approach: patterns of knowledge utilisation in public policy appraisal Journal Article

In: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32 , pp. 247-262, 2014.

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Turnpenny, J; Jones, J; Lorenzoni, I

Editorial: Where now for Post-Normal Science? A critical review of its development, definitions and uses Journal Article

In: Science, Technology & Human Values, 36 , pp. 287-306, 2011, ISBN: 01622439.

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OtextquoterightNeill, S; Hulme, M; Turnpenny, J; Screen, JA

Disciplines, geography and gender in the framing of climate change Journal Article

In: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91 (8), pp. 997-1002, 2010.



Whitmarsh, L; Turnpenny, J; Nykvist, B

Beyond the regime: can Integrated Sustainability Assessment address the barriers to effective sustainable mobility policy? Journal Article

In: Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, 52 , 2009.


Turnpenny, J; Radaelli, C; A, Jordan; Jacob, K

The policy and politics of policy appraisal: Emerging trends and new directions Journal Article

In: Journal of European Public Policy, 16 (4), pp. 640-653, 2009.



Turnpenny, J

Are we nearly there yet? Lessons for integrated sustainability assessment from EU environmental policy-making Journal Article

In: Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, 3 (1/2), pp. 33-47, 2008.


Hertin, J; Turnpenny, J; A, Jordan; Nilsson, A; Nykvist, B; Russel, D

Rationalising the policy mess? The role of ex ante policy assessment and the utilization of knowledge in the policy process Journal Article

In: Environment and Planning A, 40 , 2008.


M, Nillsson; A, Jordan; Turnpenny, J; Hertin, J; Nykvist, B; Russel, D

The use and non-use of policy appraisal in public policy making: an analysis of three European countries and the European Union Journal Article

In: Policy Sciences, 41 (4), pp. 335-355, 2008.


Turnpenny, J; M, Nillsson; Russel, D; A, Jordan; Hertin, J; Nykvist, B

Why is integrating policy assessment so hard? A comparative analysis of the institutional capacities and constraints Journal Article

In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 51 (6), pp. 759-775, 2008.



Lorenzoni, I; Turnpenny, J; Jones, M

Climate change, human genetics and post-normality in the UK Journal Article

In: Futures, 39 (1), pp. 65-82, 2007.


de W, Ridder; Turnpenny, J; M, Nillsson; A, Von Raggamby

A Framework for tool selection and use in integrated assessment for sustainable development Journal Article

In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 9 (4), pp. 423-441, 2007.


Weaver, P; J, Rotmans; Turnpenny, J; Haxeltine, A; A, Jordan

Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (MATISSE): A New European Project Book Chapter

In: George, C; Kirkpatrick, C (Ed.): Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development, pp. 149-163, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2007.


Turnpenny, J; textquoteright, T O

Putting sustainability science to work: assisting the East of England Region to respond to the challenges of climate change Journal Article

In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32 , pp. 102-105, 2007.



King, JM; Parsons, DJ; Turnpenny, J; Nyangaga, J; Bakari, P; Wathes, CM

Modelling energy metabolism of Friesians in Kenya smallholdings shows how heat stress and energy deficit constrain milk yield and cow replacement rate Journal Article

In: Animal Science, 82 (5), pp. 705-716, 2006.



Dessai, S; Adger, W N; Hulme, M; Turnpenny, J; Kohler, J; Warren, Rachel

Defining and experiencing dangerous climate change Journal Article

In: Climatic Change, 64 , pp. 11-25, 2004.


Turnpenny, J; Haxeltine, A; textquoteright, T O

A scoping study of user needs for integrated assessment of climate change in the UK context: Part 1 of the development of an interactive integrated assessment process Journal Article

In: Integrated Assessment, 4 (4), pp. 283-300, 2004.


Hulme, M; Turnpenny, J

Understanding and managing climate change: the UK experience Journal Article

In: Geographical Journal, 170 (2), pp. 105-115, 2004.



Turnpenny, J; Crossley, JF; Hulme, M; Osborn, Tim

Air flow influences on local climate: comparison of a regional climate model with observations over the United Kingdom Journal Article

In: Climate Research, 20 (3), pp. 189-202, 2002.



Turnpenny, J

Novel ventilation system for reducing air conditioning in buildings. Part II: testing of prototype Journal Article

In: Applied Thermal Engineering Volume, 21 (12), pp. 1203-1217, 2001.


John Turnpenny


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