Introducing our new editors

From January 2024, Environmental Politics has a new editor-in-chief, and four new editors. In this post we introduce the new editors, with more to come from new editor-in-chief David Konisky.

Editor: Clare Saunders – University of Exeter, UK

Clare is Professor in Environmental Politics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cornwall; and the Environment and Sustainability Institute. Her research interests are primarily related to diverse forms of environmental activism across a range of tactics from practical conservation and litter-picking to protest, cultural change and lifestyles. She has published widely on these issues in major journals. She is (co)author or (co)editor of six books including Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice (Routledge 2012, with James Connelly, Graham Smith, David Benson); Environmental Networks and Social Movement Theory (Bloomsbury 2014) and, more recently, Organising for Change: Social Change Makers and Social Change Organisations (Bristol University Press 2024, with Silke Roth).

Editor: Xue Gao – Florida State University, USA

Xue Gao is an Assistant Professor at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the interplay between policy, politics, technology, the marketplace, and society in the energy transition process. Her research encompasses various aspects of the energy transition, including the policy-making process, evaluation of energy programs, innovation and entrepreneurship in renewable energy technology, and energy justice. Her research has been funded by NSF and the Department of Energy. Her research has been published in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Policy Studies Journal, Technovation, Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, and Energy Research and Social Science. 

Xue is currently Principle Investigator on the collaborative research project, ‘Energy Efficiency and Energy Justice: Understanding Distributional Impacts of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs and the Underlying Mechanisms‘.

Editor: Louisa ParksUniversity of Trento, Italy.

Louisa Parks is Full Professor in Political Sociology at the School of International Studies and the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy. Her research interests centre around citizens’ activism and its links to global environmental governance, and she has published articles and books on themes including climate policy integration at the subnational level; the role of Indigenous Peoples in the Convention on Biological Diversity; benefit-sharing in environmental governance; community protocols and environmental stewardship; the discursive politics of the Convention on Biological Diversity; and social movement campaigns and their impacts on EU policy. Her current projects include research on climate justice activism, critical approaches to the European Green Deal, and transformative environmental governance.

Louisa is currently Principle Investigator on the Driving Transformative Environmental Governance (TRANSFORM) project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research.

Editor: Liam F. Beiser-McGrathLondon School of Economics, UK.

Dr. Liam F. Beiser-McGrath is an Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Affiliate of the Data Science Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. They are also the organiser of EPG Online, an online seminar series covering Environmental Politics and Governance. Their research primarily focuses on the political economy of climate change and the environment, using experimental research designs and machine learning. This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Climate Change, the Journal of Politics, Science Advances, European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, Climatic Change, Political Science Research & Methods, Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Politics, Journal of European Social Policy, Regulation and Governance, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Public Policy.

Liam is currently researching Public Acceptance of Carbon Taxation; Vehicle Policies and Urban Air Pollution; and Long-term Social Policy Preferences and Climate Change.

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