Tim Rayner

University of East Anglia

Research Fellow

Role at Tyndall

Part of the Tyndall Centre since 2006, Tim has participated in a range of European Union and national research council-funded projects, covering climate change governance and policy, particularly from EU and UK perspectives. He has published on mitigation and adaptation-related policy areas, and emerging debates over climate engineering and the potential for greenhouse gas removal. Until January 2020, he was part of the Horizon 2020-funded project, COP 21-RIPPLES (Results, Implications, Pathways and Policies for Low-Emissions European Societies), analysing the adequacy of international climate governance in the wake of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Until 2022, he will be actively researching the factors affecting the extent to which policy in a number of key policy sectors in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany is changing in response to the need to adapt to increased impacts from climate change (as part of Adapt Lock-in), and participating as a consortium partner in the Jean Monnet Network ‘Governing the EU’s Climate and Energy Transition in Turbulent Times’ (GOVTRAN).

He acted as UK partner in the Norwegian Research Council-funded REMIX project (Revising the National Renewables Policy Mix: the Role of State Aid and other EU policies).

Research Interests
European and UK Climate Policy and Governance

Recent blogs

Rayner, T. and B. Moore (2016). ‘How the UK can still lead on climate change – even after Brexit’. July 4th 2016. https://theconversation.com/how-the-uk-can-still-lead-on-climate-change-... (republished eg. by The Ecologist).

Rayner, T. (2016). ‘Cut out: Brexit would put the EU’s efforts to cut carbon emissions at risk’. April 2016. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/04/20/cut-out-brexit-would-put-th...

Rayner, T. and A. Jordan (2015). ‘Is the EU’s commitment to the 2°C target unravelling?’ Environmental Europe. http://environmentaleurope.ideasoneurope.eu/2015/03/31/eus-commitment-2c...

Recent publications

Oberthür, S. Hermwille, L., Rayner, T. (2021). A Sectoral Perspective on International Climate Governance: Analytical Foundation. Earth System Governance 8. Special issue: Making Global Climate Governance Fit for Paris: The Sectoral Dimension. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2021.100104

 Rayner, T. (2021). Keeping it in the ground? Global governance and fossil fuel supply reduction. Earth System Governance 8. Special issue: Making Global Climate Governance Fit for Paris: The Sectoral Dimension. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2020.100061

Rayner T. (2021). Taking the slow route to decarbonisation? Developing climate governance for international transport. Earth System Governance 8. Special issue: Making Global Climate Governance Fit for Paris: The Sectoral Dimension. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2021.100100

Rayner, T., Oberthur, S., Hermwille, L. (2021). A Sectoral Perspective on International Climate Governance: Key Findings and Research Priorities. Earth System Governance 8. Special issue: Making Global Climate Governance Fit for Paris: The Sectoral Dimension. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2021.100105 

Waller, L., Rayner, T., Chilvers, J., Gough, C., Lorenzoni, I., Jordan, A. & Vaughan, N., (2020). Contested framings of greenhouse gas removal and its feasilbility: social and political dimensions. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 11, 4, e649.

Schoenefeld, J. & Rayner, T., (2019), Monitoring energy policy. Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe. Knodt, M. & Kemmerzell, J. (eds.). Springer Nature

Leiren, M. D., Szulecki, K., Rayner, T. & Banet, C., (2019)  Energy security concerns versus market harmony: The Europeanisation of capacity mechanisms. Politics and Governance. 7, 1, p. 92-104 13 p.

Rayner, T., (2018)  Feeling the heat: The challenge of communicating 'high-end' climate change. Handbook of Climate Change Communication. Leal Filho, W., Manolas, E., Azul, A. M., Azeiteiro, U. M. & McGhie, H. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 367-383 16 p

Rayner, T. and Jordan, A. (2017). The United Kingdom: a record of leadership under threat, in R. Wurzel, J. Connelly and D. Liefferink (eds.). The European Union in International Climate Change Politics. Still Taking a Lead? London: Routledge (Chapter).

Rayner, T., Moore, B. (2016) The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review (Climate Policy) UEA Repository (Chapter).

Rayner, T. and Jordan, A. (2016) Climate Change Policy in the European Union. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, August 2016, pp 1-31. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.47. http://climatescience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.0...

Jordan, A. J., Huitema, D., Hildén, M., van Asselt, H., Rayner, T. J., Schoenefeld, J. J., Tosun, J., Forster, J., Boasson, E. L. (2015) Emergence of polycentric climate governance and its future prospects Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Berkhout, F., Bouwer, L. M., Bayer, J., Bouzid, M., Cabeza, M., Hanger, S., Hof, A., Hunter, P., Meller, L., Patt, A., Pfluger, B., Rayner, T., Reichardt, K., van Teeffelen, A. (2015) European policy responses to climate change: progress on mainstreaming emissions reduction and adaptation Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

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

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

van Asselt, H., Rayner, T., Persson, A.(2015) Climate policy integration: common sense or political project? Full Text UEA Repository  (Chapter)

Owens, S., Rayner, T. (2015) Risk, Precaution, and Governance: An Evolution of Ideas Full Text UEA Repository (Chapter)

Massey, E., D. Huitema, H. Garrelts, K. Grecksch, H. Mees, T. Rayner, S. Storbjörk, K. Termeer and M. Winges (2015). ‘Handling adaptation governance choices in Sweden, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands’, Journal of Water and Climate Change 6(1): 9-24 (article).

Rayner, T., Jordan, A. (2013) The European Union: the polycentric climate leader? Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Rayner, T. (2013) Reining in the executive? Delegation, evidence, and parliamentary influence on environmental public policy Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Turnpenny, J., Russel, D., Rayner, T.(2013) The complexity of evidence for sustainable development policy: Analysing the boundary work of the UK parliamentary environmental audit committee Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Jordan, A., Rayner, T., Schroeder, H., Adger, N., Anderson, K., Bows, A., Le Quéré, C., Joshi, M., Mander, S., Vaughan, N., Whitmarsh, L. (2013) Going beyond two degrees? The risks and opportunities of alternative options Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Brouwer, S., Rayner, T., Huitema, D. (2013) Mainstreaming climate policy: The case of climate adaptation and the implementation of EU water policy Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Huitema, D., Jordan, A., Massey, E., Rayner, T., Asselt, H., Haug, C., Hildingsson, R., Monni, S., Stripple, J. (2011) The evaluation of climate policy: Theory and emerging practice in Europe Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

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Contact information

E-mail: tim.rayner@uea.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1603 593905

Postal Address
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research ZICER, School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ United Kingdom

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