Prof Matthew Paterson

Professor of International Politics

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My research and teaching focuses on environmental politics, especially climate change politics. I am interested in the fundamental question of the challenges that dramatic environmental change poses to existing political institutions and structures, and what drives the responses of those systems to the unsustainability of the current world order. I have worked mostly on this in relation to climate change, and have worked principally on global climate governance (the UNFCCC, transnational governance initiatives), the political economy of climate (role of specific business sectors, the politics of carbon markets, generally how global capitalism shapes responses to climate change), and the cultural politics of climate change (the practices of daily life and the identities associated with them - automobility in particular).


I have taught at the universities of Stirling, Keele and Ottawa prior to coming to Manchester in 2016. I did my PhD on climate change politics at Essex University in 1990-1994.


PhD in Government, Essex University, 1994

BA Combined Honours (History and Poltiics), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1990.

External positions

External examiner, undergraduate International Relations modules, Lancaster University

1 Jan 20181 Jan 2021

Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University Of Ottawa

1 Jul 201630 Jun 2019

Areas of expertise


  • climate change politics, environmental political economy , cultural political economy, social network analysis

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