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James Jackson


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James is an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at SCI, researching the politics of the electric vehicle transition and the intersection of fiscal, monetary and climate policy. Before beginning this position previous position examined how COVID-19 and the inflation caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine are affecting Net-Zero objectives in Australia, Canada and the UK. A joint project between the Sustainable Consumption Institute, the University of Manchester, the University of Melbourne and the University of Toronto, the research aims to quantify the impact of economic crises on decarbonising the economy and the implications for a just transition.

James joined the institute after completing his PhD at the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) where his thesis analysed the politics of the electric vehicle transition in Germany and the UK. He has held visiting positions at the University of Bergen (2022), the University of Toronto (2023) and the University of Melbourne (2024). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Visiting fellow, University of Melbourne

2024 → …

Visiting fellow, University of Bergen

… → 2022

Visiting fellow, University of Toronto

… → 2023

Areas of expertise

  • JN101 Great Britain
  • Political economy
  • environmental politics
  • green transformations
  • green finance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Consumption Institute


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