Professor Patrick Bayer
- Professor in Environmental Sustainability & Democracy (Politics)
I am a Professor in Environmental Sustainability & Democracy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. I am affiliated with the Global Sustainable Development theme in the University's new Advanced Research Centre and I am the incoming Research Director in Politics and International Relations. I hold a non-resident fellowship with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies.
Previously, I was Reader at the University of Strathclyde, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and a predoctoral fellow at Columbia University in New York. I hold a PhD degree from the University of Mannheim in Germany.
My website is available here: https://www.patrickbayer.com/
My research focuses on international cooperation and the political economy of environmental regulation and energy policy. I am particularly interested in how the domestic and international political economy and political incentives shape governments’, firms’, and individuals’ responses to climate change and the global energy transformation.
In currently ongoing work, I study the politics of carbon markets, firms’ commitments to corporate decarbonisation, and the distributional effects of climate policy. I also lead a recently awarded ESRC research project on the politics of science in international climate cooperation.
Ongoing funded projects
- ESRC (1/2022-6/2024). The Politics of Science in International Climate Cooperation (ES/W001373/1). PI, £499,935.
- British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (5/2022-10/2023). How Credible are Firms’ Voluntary Climate Commitments? An Empirical Analysis of Corporate Climate Action (SG2122/210041). PI, £9,250.
Previously funded project
- Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (6/2021-6/2022): The Sectoral Politics of Climate Policy: Domestic Conflict and UK Public Support for Ambitious Climate Action (RIG009238). PI, £14,125.
- British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (1/2018-3/2019): The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets in Europe, 2005-2012 (SG171349). PI, £7,813.
- Resources for the Future (8/2015-7/2016). John V. Krutilla Research Stipend: The Local Economics and Politics of Shale Gas Energy in the US. Co-I (with Alexander Ovodenko), $5,500.
- German Research Foundation (9/2014-8/2018): The Domestic Foundation of Governmental Preferences over European Politics. Co-I (with Thomas König), €408,000.
- International Growth Center (11/2013-5/2015): Rural Electrification with Off-Grid Community Microgrids: An Impact Evaluation in Uttar Pradesh. Co-I (with Michael Aklin, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen), £26,653.
I am more than happy to supervise undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studends who are interested in the politics of climate change, environmental regulation, and the energy transition. My research approach is rooted in theories of political economy with an emphasis on quantitative, experimental, and formal methods.
I will be co-teaching a postgraduate module "Climate, Energy and International Relations" with Dr Andrew Judge in spring 2024.
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2021: STEP Emerging Young Scholar Award (American Political Science Association)
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2018: Environmental Politics and Governance (EPG) Network, Executive Committee
- 2021 - 2025: Cambridge Univ. Press
- 2021: Institute for Replication (I4R)