School of Earth and Environment

Jouni Paavola Professor Jouni Paavola

Professor of Environmental Social Science; Director - ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36787
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Room: 9.103

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


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I am Professor of Environmental Social Science in the School of Earth and Environment and Director of the ESRC funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in Leeds.

My research examines environmental governance institutions and their environmental, economic and social justice implications, with a focus on climate change and biodiversity. I am leading the CCCEP second phase research theme on enabling rapid transitions in mitigation and adaptation. I have published my research in journals such as Science, Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics and Energy Policy, and I have co-edited books published by Blackwell, MIT Press and Routledge. I was member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2008-2016. I am member of the editorial boards of Ecological Economics, Environmental Policy and Governance, and Section Editor of Global Sustainability, a new journal that Cambridge University Press is launching in 2017.

Before joining SRI in 2006, I was Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia and Research Fellow in the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society (OCEES) at Mansfield College. I completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Resource Development (Environmental and Development Studies) in 2000 at Michigan State University in the United States. Earlier I was Senior Researcher at Tampere University of Technology in Finland.

Research Interests

Current Projects

Current research students

  • Anna Antonova, EU Marine Governance, Contestation and Conservation in Narratives of Wildness on the Bulgarian Black Sea and Yorkshire Coasts
  • Muriel Bonjean Stanton, Knowledge use in climate change adaptation in Europe
  • Augustin Entonu, Creating and enabling carbon markets in Africa
  • Adrian Fenton; Climate change adaptation and micro finance: insights from Southwest Bangladesh
  • Ross Gillard; Governance of rapid transitions in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change
  • Tom Smith, Private actors and market approaches to biodiversity management in Latin America

Areas for PhD supervision:

I welcome queries on doctoral dissertation projects on topics such as:

  • Climate change governance
  • Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change
  • Governance of biodiversity and ecosystem service provision
  • Social justice in environmental matters