Department of Political Science


Dr Jared Finnegan

Lecturer in Public Policy
Room: 4.02 31 Tavistock Sq.
Email: j.finnegan@ucl.ac.uk  

Dr Finnegan is a Lecturer in Public Policy. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining UCL he was a S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

He earned his PhD in Political Science in 2019 from LSE. His thesis, Low Carbon for the Long Term: Essays on the Comparative Political Economy of Climate Change Policy examines the role of political institutions and electoral incentives in structuring the distributional politics of long-term climate policymaking across countries. It was awarded the 2020 Virginia Walsh Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the field of science, technology and environmental politics by the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics (STEP) Section of the American Political Science Association. He holds an MRes in Political Science and an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from LSE and a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.


Dr Finnegan studies the comparative political economy of the high-income democracies. His research investigates how governments, voters, and business understand and address long-term societal challenges, particularly climate change.

  • “Institutions, Climate Change, and the Foundations of Long-term Policymaking.” Comparative Political Studies (Available here).
  • “The Influence of Climate Change Advisory Bodies on Political Debates: Evidence from the UK Committee on Climate Change” [with Alina Averchenkova and Sam Fankhauser]. Climate Policy (2021). (Available here)
  • “Varieties of De-carbonization? Comparative Political Economy and Climate Change”. Socio-Economic Review (2020). (Available here)
  • “The Impact of Strategic Climate Legislation: Evidence from Expert Interviews of the UK Climate Change Act” [with Alina Averchenkova and Sam Fankhauser]. Climate Policy (2020). (Available here)

Dr Finnegan teaches Climate Change: Politics and Policy (POLS0054) and Theories and Actors in the Policy Process (PUBL0040).