Global Governance Institute


The Politics of Energy Transitions: From the Oil Crises to Climate Change

23 February 2022, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

Wind turbine in cloudy weather

What lessons does the 1973 oil crisis offer for contemporary climate change policy? Join us on 23 February for this event with Jonas Meckling and Jared Finnegan.

This event is free.

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Julia Kreienkamp

The emerging transition to clean energy is highly political—it imposes costs on some producers and consumers, while offering benefits to others. In this seminar, Jared Finnegan and Jonas Meckling examine the conditions under which policymakers can adopt costly policies to drive transformative change in the energy system. They draw on government responses to the 1973 oil crisis to identify political varieties of energy transitions. Finnegan and Meckling will discuss important implications for the political opportunities and constraints for clean energy transitions.

About the Speakers

Jonas Meckling

Associate Professor at University of California

Jonas Meckling
Jonas Meckling is Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he leads the Energy and Environment Policy Lab. In 2021, he was the Coleman P. Burke Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University. Dr. Meckling studies the politics of climate and clean energy policy. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, the latest of which is Carbon Coalitions (MIT Press). His research has received multiple awards. Previously, Meckling served as Senior Advisor to the German Minister for the Environment, was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and worked at the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D. from the LSE. More about Jonas Meckling

Jared Finnegan

Lecturer in Public Policy at University College London

Jared Finnegan
Jared Finnegan is Lecturer in Public Policy in the UCL Department of Political Science. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE. His research examines the politics of long-term policymaking, especially in the context of climate change. Previously, he held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and UC Berkeley, and was a Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute. He holds a Ph.D. from LSE. More about Jared Finnegan

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