Department of Political Science


Dr Peter Warren



Lecturer (Teaching) in Energy and Climate Policy

Room: 3.07 29/30 Tavistock Square


Dr. Peter Warren is a Lecturer (Teaching) in in Energy and Climate Policy at the UCL School of Public Policy. He also works full-time for the UK Government in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on international climate and energy policy, where he is Head of Climate Finance for Innovation and leads the team responsible for international climate finance (Official Development Assistance) for clean energy innovation in developing countries. Prior to this, he worked in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s International Energy Agency (IEA) on energy efficiency policy in emerging economies. Previous positions include as Chair of the Board of the Camden Climate Change Alliance, as the Sustainability Manager for MIC and working as a Sustainability Consultant. Peter is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

Peter completed his PhD in energy policy at UCL and held various (part-time) teaching and research positions during this time in the climate, energy and environment fields across different UCL departments (School of Public Policy, School of Management, Energy Institute and the Institute for Sustainable Resources), as well as undertaking regular lectures for other departments, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) and Geography. Peter has supervised around 40 dissertations across various UCL departments in these fields. Peter also holds two Masters degrees in the energy field from UCL and Durham University, a PgC in integrated environmental management from the University of Bath and a Bachelors degree in Geography from Durham University.


Current research and practitioner interests (2017-present) include:

  • International climate finance and innovation (Disciplines: International Development, Finance, Business Management, Policy Analysis, Innovation)
  • Behavioural insights and climate finance (Disciplines: Behavioural Economics, Finance)
  • International development and decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors (Disciplines: International Development, Finance, Economics, Policy Analysis)
  • International climate policy and investment (Disciplines: Finance, Policy Analysis)
  • Energy and climate policy (Discipline: Policy Analysis)
  • Business and sustainability (Discipline: Business Management)

Previous research projects (2015-2017) include:

  • Smart energy policy and smart technologies (Disciplines: Policy Analysis, Economics)
  • Energy policy transferability between countries (Discipline: Policy Analysis)
  • Global patterns and mechanisms behind energy policy success and failure (Discipline: Policy Analysis)
  • Business models and policy models for energy efficiency (Discipline: Business Management, Policy Analysis)
  • Use of evidence reviews to inform energy and climate policy development (Discipline: Research Design)

Previous research projects (2009-2015) include:

  • Sustainable pathways to low carbon energy (Discipline: Policy Analysis)
  • Policies to meet Europe’s 2050 climate targets (Discipline: Policy Analysis)
  • Incorporating behaviour into energy system models (Discipline: Economics)
  • Potential of micro-generation in small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (Discipline: Business Management)
  • Environmental impacts of geothermal power (Disciplines: Environmental Science, Chemistry)
  • Geoengineering options and risks (Discipline: Chemical Engineering)


1. Warren, P., Frazer, M. and Greenwood, N. (under review) “The role of climate finance beyond renewables: hard-to-abate sectors”, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

2. Chavarría-Flores, A. and Warren, P. (under review) “Sovereign climate bonds: policy innovation for a just transition in developing countries”, World Development

3. Gergova, I. and Warren, P. (under review) “Oil and community development in Gabon: the case of Gamba”, Energy Reports

4. Greenwood, N. and Warren, P. (2022) “The role of climate finance beyond renewables: behavioural insights”, Journal of International Development

5. Greenwood, N. and Warren, P. (2022) “Climate risk disclosure and climate risk management in UK Asset Managers”, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies & Management

6. Jones, N. and Warren, P. (2020) “Innovation and distribution of solar home systems in Bangladesh”, Climate & Development

7. Warren, P. (2020) “Blind spots in climate finance for innovation”, Advances in Climate Change Research

8. Nelson, E. and Warren, P. (2020) “UK transport decoupling: on track for clean growth in transport?”, Transport Policy

9. Ragosa, G. and Warren, P. (2019) “Unpacking the determinants of cross-border private investment in renewable energy in developing countries”, Journal of Cleaner Production

10. Warren, P. (2019) “The role of climate finance beyond renewables: Demand-Side Management (DSM) and Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS)”, Climate Policy

11. Warren, P. (2019) “Business and policy models to incentivise utilities to engage with demand-side management”, Green Finance

12. Warren, P. (2019) “Demand-side policy: mechanisms for success and failure”, Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy

13. Lomas, K.; Oliveira, S.; Warren, P.; Haines, V.J.; Chatterton, T.; Beizaee, A. and Prestwood, E. (2018) “Do domestic heating controls save energy? A review of the evidence”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews

14. Warren, P. (2018) “Evidence reviews in energy and climate policy”, Evidence & Policy

15. Warren, P. (2018) “Demand-side policy: global evidence base and implementation patterns”, Energy and Environment

16. Aragon, V.; Gauthier, S.; Warren, P.; James, P.A.B. and Anderson, B. (2017) “Developing English domestic occupancy profiles”, Building Research & Information

17. Warren, P. (2017) “Transferability of demand-side policies between countries”, Energy Policy

18. Warren, P. (2017) “The potential of smart technologies and micro-generation in UK SMEs”, Energies

19. Warren, P. (2014) "The use of systematic reviews to analyse demand-side management policy", Energy Efficiency

20. Warren, P. (2014) "A review of demand-side management policy in the UK", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

21. Warren, P. (2013) "Electricity demand-side management: best practice programmes for the UK", WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment

22. Warren, P. (2009) “Geothermal power: its current and future potential as an answer to the energy crisis”, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment Research Journal, 2008-2009 issue


1. Warren, P. (2017) “The use of evidence reviews to inform demand-side policy”, ECEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency, European Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ECEEE), 29-3rd June, France

2. Warren, P. (2016) “Smart technologies in the SME and domestic sectors: evidence and policy options”, BIEE 11th Academic Conference (Innovation & Disruption: the energy sector in transition), 21-22nd September, UK

3. Warren, P. (2014) “Demand-side policy: failure and transferability”, BIEE 10th Academic Conference (Balancing Competing Energy Policy Goals), 17-18th September, UK

4. Warren, P. (2014) “Demand-side policy: implementation and success”, International Energy Policies & Programmes Evaluation Conference, 9-11th September, Germany

5. Warren, P. (2013) "The use of systematic reviews to analyse best practice in energy demand-side management programmes", YEEES-AAEE 2013 Conference, 21-22nd March, Austria

6. Strachan, N. and Warren, P. (2011) “Incorporating behavioural complexity in energy-economic models”, UKERC Conference (Energy and People: Futures, Complexity and Challenges), 20-21st September, UK

7. Warren, P. (2011) "Incorporating behavioural complexity into the Open Source Energy Modelling System using intangible costs and benefits", Arup Conference (People and Buildings), 23rd September, UK


Current teaching:

  • Module Convenor (2017-present): Energy and Climate Policy (PUBL0016), UCL School of Public Policy
  • Masters Supervision (2014-present):
    • Climate, energy and environmental policy
    • International climate finance and investment
    • International development (related to climate, energy or environment)
    • Business sustainability and corporate environmental management
  • Bachelors Supervision (2018-present):
    • International climate, energy and environmental policy
    • International climate finance, investment and development
  • Regular guest lectures:
    • Energy and climate policy
    • International climate finance
    • Business sustainability
    • Research design and document analysis
    • Evidence quality