Dr Tom Pegram
I am an Associate Professor in Global Governance at the Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy, UCL, where I am also the Deputy Director of the UCL Global Governance Institute. Prior to this appointment, I was an Assistant Professor in International Relations and Director of the Policy Institute at Trinity College Dublin (2011-2013). I have held research fellowships at various universities, including University of Queensland, University of Gothenburg, New York University and Harvard University Law Schools. I hold a DPhil in Politics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
My research interests include the theoretical and empirical study of global politics (international relations (IR)/global governance), global policy implementation, as well as complex system dynamics, with particular expertise in the substantive domains of human rights, climate change and global risk. I have published in various IR journals, including International Organization, American Journal of International Law (AJIL), and European Journal of International Relations, among others. The AJIL article received the International Studies Association’s Diplomatic Studies Section Best Article Award 2018. I have received external research funding from the EU Horizon 2020 scheme and the British Academy. With Dr Shahar Hameiri (University of Queensland), I received a Catalytic Workshop Grant from the International Studies Association in 2019. I have also recently completed a major research project on global politics and complex system dynamics.
- Bal, C., Coen, D., Kreienkamp, J., Paramitaningrum and Pegram, T. (2023) Explaining Transformative Change in ASEAN and EU Climate Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Coen, D., Kreienkamp, J. and Pegram, T. (2020) Global Climate Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Coen, D. and Pegram, T. (eds.) (2018) Major Works Collection: Global Governance II. London: Routledge Press.
- Goodman, R. and Pegram, T. (eds.) (2012) Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Journal articles
- Coen, D., Herman, K. and Pegram, T. (2022) ‘Are Corporate Climate Efforts Genuine? An Empirical Analysis of Climate “Talk-walk” Hypothesis’, Business Strategy and the Environment, 31(7), pp. 3040–3059.
- Kreienkamp, J., Pegram T. and Coen, D. (2022) ‘Explaining Transformative Change in EU Climate Policy: Multilevel Problems, Policies, and Politics’, Journal of European Integration, 44(5), pp. 731–748.
- Abram, S., Atkins, E., ... Pegram, T. et al. (2022) ‘Just Transition: A Whole-systems Approach to Decarbonisation’, Climate Policy, 22(8), pp. 1033–1049.
- Coen, D., Kreienkamp, J., Tokhi, A. and Pegram, T. (2022) ‘Making Global Public Policy Work: A Survey of International Organization Effectiveness’, Global Policy, 13(5), pp. 656–668.
- Pegram, T. and Kreienkamp, J. (2021) ‘Complexity Theory and Education in Times of Insoluble Problems’, NORRAG Special Issue, 6(25), pp. 125–130.
- Kreienkamp, J. and Pegram, T. (2021) ‘Governing Complexity: Design Principles for the Governance of Complex Global Catastrophic Risks’, International Studies Review, 23(3), pp. 779–806.
- Coen, D. and Pegram, T. (2018) ‘Towards a Third Generation of Global Governance Scholarship’, Global Policy, 9(1), pp. 107–113.
- Linos, K. and Pegram, T. (2017) ‘What Works in Human Rights Institutions?’ American Journal of International Law, 111(3), pp. 628–688.
- Rumbold, B., Baker, R., ...Pegram, T. et al. (2017) ‘Universal Health Coverage, Priority Setting and the Human Right to Health’, The Lancet, 390, pp. 712–714.
- Pegram, T. (2017) ‘Stewardship and Intermediation: Comparative Lessons from Human Rights Governance’, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 670(1), pp. 225–244.
- Linos, K. and Pegram, T. (2016) ‘Architects of Their Own Making: National Human Rights Institutions and the United Nations’, Human Rights Quarterly, 38(4), pp. 1109–1134.
- Linos, K. and Pegram, T. (2016) ‘The Language of Compromise in International Agreements’, International Organization, 70(3), pp. 587–621.
- Coen, D. and Pegram, T. (2015) ‘Wanted: A Third Generation of Global Governance Research’, Governance, 28(4), pp. 417–420.
- Pegram, T. (2015) ‘Global Human Rights Governance and Orchestration: National Human Rights Institutions as Intermediaries’, European Journal of International Relations, 21(3), pp. 1–26.
- Waage, J., Yap, C., …Pegram, T. et al. (2015) ‘Governing the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Interactions, Infrastructures, and Institutions’, The Lancet Global Health, 3(5), pp. 251–252.
- Pegram, T. and Acuto, M. (co-eds.) (2015) ‘Introduction: Global Governance and the Theoretical Interregnum’, Millennium (Special Issue), 43(2), pp. 584–597.
- Pegram, T. (2015) ‘Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance’, Millennium, 43(2), pp. 618–639.
- Pegram, T. (2011) ‘Weak Institutions, Rights Claims and Pathways to Compliance: The Transformative Role of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman’, Oxford Development Studies, 39(2), pp. 229–250.
- Pegram, T. (2010) ‘Diffusion across Political Systems: The Global Spread of National Human Rights Institutions’, Human Rights Quarterly,32(3), pp. 729–760.
- Pegram, T. (2008) ‘Accountability in Hostile Times: The Case of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman 1996-2001’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 40(1), pp. 51–82.
- Book chapters
- Engstrom, P. and Pegram, T. (2022) ‘Torture Prevention in Latin America: Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty and the Role of National Preventive Mechanisms’, in C. Burbano Herrera and Y. Haeck (eds.) Human Rights Behind Bars. Cham: Springer, pp. 319–350.
- Pegram, T. and Herrera, N. (2019) ‘Bridging the Gap: National Human Rights Institutions and the Inter-American Human Rights System’, in P. Engstrom (ed.) The Inter-American Human Rights System. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 167–198.
- Pegram, T. (2017) ‘Human Rights: Leveraging Compliance’, in T. Hale and D. Held (eds.), Beyond Gridlock. Polity Press, pp. 142–161.
- Pegram, T. (2016) ‘National Human Rights Institutions and Their Potential Role in Prevention and Response to Mass Atrocities in Latin America’, in C. Fuentes and M. Serrano (eds.), Responsibility to Protect in Latin America: A New Map. New York: Routledge Press.
- Herrera, N. and Pegram, T. (2016) ‘Prevalence and Prevention of Torture in Peru 1985-2014’, in R. Carver and L. Handley (eds.) Does Torture Prevention Work?. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 299–334.
- Dasandi, N., Hudson, D. and Pegram, T. (2015) ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda Setting in Focus: Governance and Institutions’, in J. Waage and C. Yap (eds.) Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development. London: Ubiquity Press, pp. 63–76.
- Pegram, T. (2013) ‘The Bolivian Human Rights Ombudsman and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’, in E. Brems et al. (eds.) The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Protection of Economic and Social Rights. Cambridge: Intersentia, pp. 57–78.
- Pegram, T. (2012) ‘National Human Rights Institutions in Latin America: Politics and Institutionalization’, in R. Goodman and T. Pegram (eds.) Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 210–240.
- Goodman, R. and Pegram, T. (2012) ‘Introduction: National Human Rights Institutions, State Conformity, and Social Change’, in R. Goodman and T. Pegram (eds.) Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1–26.
- Pegram, T. (2012) ‘La Defensoría de los Habitantes de Costa Rica: ¿un Puente Entre el Estado y la Sociedad?’, in Revista Perfiles Latinoamericanos-FLACSO. Mexico: FLACO, pp. 23–50.
- Pegram, T. (2011) ‘Bridging the Gap: The Defensoría, Informal Institutions and the “Accountability Gap” in Peruvian Politics’, in J. Crabtree (ed.) Peruvian Democracy: Old Problems, New Challenges. London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, pp. 210-235.
- Reports, op-eds and policy reports
Coen, D., Pegram, T., Kreienkamp, J. and Tokhi, A. (2022) ‘Legitimacy of International Organizations across GLOBE Issues’, European Commission.
- Pegram. T and Kreienkamp, J. (2021) ‘Global Obsession with Economic Growth Will Increase Risk of Deadly Pandemics in Future’, The Conversation.
- Kreienkamp, J. and Pegram, T. (2020) ‘How Can We Avoid a “Dirty” Recovery from COVID-19?’, World Economic Forum.
- Abrams, S. and Pegram, T. (2020) ‘Net-zero Carbon Emissions Won’t Be Sustainable if Social Inequalities Aren’t Addressed’, The Conversation.
- Pegram, T. (2020) ‘Just Transition: Pathways to Socially Inclusive Decarbonisation’, UK Universities Climate Network.
- Pegram, T. (2020) ‘Coronavirus is a Failure of Global Governance – Now the World Needs a Radical Transformation’, The Conversation.
- Pegram, T. and Kreienkamp, J. (2019) ‘Governing Complexity: Design Principles for Improving the Governance of Global Catastrophic Risks’, UCL Global Governance Institute.
- Kreienkamp, J. and Pegram, T. (2019) ‘The UN’s Committee Against Torture is about to Examine the UK’s Treatment of Prisoners – and It’s Not Looking Good’, openDemocracy.
- Kreienkamp, J. and Pegram, T. (2019) ‘Assessing China and EU Relations in the New Global Economic Order’, UCL Global Governance Institute.
- Linos, K. and Pegram, T. (2016) ‘The Devil in the Details: A Cautionary Lesson about Flexible Language in International Negotiations’, Monkey Cage: The Washington Post.
- Linos, K. and Pegram, T. (2015) ‘Interrogating Form and Function: Designing Effective National Human Rights Institutions’, The Danish Institute for Human Rights.
- Hawkes, S. and Pegram, T. (2014) ‘Lifestyle Diseases Make Global Health Promotion More Difficult Than Ever’, The Conversation.
- Tanaka, S., Hawkes, S., Pegram, T. and Buse, K. (2014) ‘Non‐Communicable Diseases: Global Epidemics; Global Determinants; Global Solutions?’, UCL-GGI workshop.
- Pegram, T. and Sullivan, R. (2014) ‘Why the Moral Case for the Living Wage is Not Enough’, The Guardian.
- Hawkes, S. and Pegram, T. (2013) ‘How Must the Global Health and AIDS Architecture be Modernised to Achieve Sustainable Global Health?’, UNAIDS and Lancet Commission Third Working Group on Defeating AIDS.
- Pegram, T. (2013) ‘Bridging the Divide: The Merger of the Irish Equality Authority and Human Rights Commission’, Trinity College Dublin.
- Pegram, T. (2013) ‘Concern Grows over Human Rights Policing Vacuum as Merger Crawls to Conclusion’, The Irish Times.
- Pegram. T. (2012) ‘The Equality and Human Rights Commission: Challenges and Opportunities’, Arts and Humanities Research Council.
- Pegram, T. (2011) ‘The Equality Commission Deserves our Support’, The Guardian.
I teach ‘Global Governance’ (PUBL0061) on the MSc in Global Governance and Ethics, as well as ‘Human Rights Politics and Practice’ (PUBL0035) on the MA in Human Rights.
I would be delighted to supervise PhD projects in the following areas:
- Global or regional governance
- New interdependence, new structuralism, state transformation
- International organisations (theoretical, normative, empirical)
- Multi-level politics of human rights governance
- Multi-level politics of environmental governance
- National human rights institutions/structures