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Dr Joanna Depledge

Dr Joanna Depledge

Affiliated Lecturer


Joanna Depledge has been a staff member at Cambridge University since 2003. Her main research interest lies in international climate change politics, and the international climate change negotiations.  She is managing editor of the journal Climate Policy (from January 2017), and a fellow of the interdisciplinary Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG).

Joanna has taught, supervised and examined on climate change for several courses and departments at Cambridge, and has also lectured at other universities.  She is a former staff member of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, and has also worked as a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, reporting on climate change, ozone and biodiversity meetings. 

Joanna holds a PhD from University College London, an MSc (with distinction) in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc (first class) in Geography from Cambridge University.

Research Interests

International climate change politics

Global negotiation processes, especially on climate change and ozone

Other Publications

Journal articles and book chapters

Climate policy after the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Editorial. (2017) With Vinalues, J., Reiner, D.M. and Lees, E. In Climate Policy, Special Issue on the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Vol. 17, 1, pp. 1-8.

The Paris Agreement: A Significant Landmark on the Road to a Climatically Safe World (2016). In Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, Vol. 04, No. 01, doi:0.1142/S2345748116500111

Climate change negotiations: Pushing Diplomacy to Its Limits (2016), Chapter 16 in Bayne, N. and Woolcock, S., The New Economic Diplomacy, 4th Edition. Decision-making and negotiation in international economic relations. Routledge

The Global Climate Change Regime (2015), Chapter 4 in Ekins, P, Bradshaw, M, and Watson, J. (eds), Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications, Oxford University Press.

Great-power politics, order transition, and climate governance: insights from international relations theory (2013).  With Maximilian Terhalle.  In Climate Policy, Vol.13, No.5. pp. 572-588

Raising the Tempo: The Escalating Pace and Intensity of Environmental Negotiations (2012). With Pamela S. Chasek. In Chasek, P. and Wagner, L. (eds) The Roads from Rio: 20 years of global environmental negotiations, Chapter 2. RFF Press/Routledge

The outcome from Copenhagen: At the limits of global diplomacy (2010). Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 40, no.1.

The global climate change regime: A defence (2009) With Farhana Yamin. Chapter 21, in Helm, D. and Hepburn, C. (eds) The Economics and Politics of Climate Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The road less travelled: difficulties in moving between annexes in the climate change regime (2009). Climate Policy. Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 273–287.

Striving for no: Saudi Arabia in the climate change regime (2008). Global Environmental Politics, Vol.8, no.4, pp.9-35.

Crafting the Copenhagen Consensus: Some reflections (2008). Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), Vol. 17, no.2, 154-165.

A special relationship: Chairpersons and the secretariat in the climate change negotiations (2007). Global Environmental Politics, Vol.7, no.1, pp.45-68.

The opposite of learning: Ossification in the climate change regime (2006). Global Environmental Politics, Vol.6, no.1, pp.1-22.

COP/MOP 1 and COP-11: a breakthrough for the climate change regime? (2006). With Michael Grubb. Climate Policy, Vol.5, no.5, pp.553-560.

Against the grain: The United States and the Global Climate Change Regime (2005).Global Change, Peace and Security, Vol.17, No.1, p11-27.