Peter Newell is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and co-founder and research director of the Rapid Transition Alliance. His recent research focuses on the political economy of low carbon energy transitions, but he has undertaken research, advocacy and consultancy work on different aspects of climate change for over 25 years. He has worked at the universities of Sussex, Oxford, Warwick and East Anglia in the UK where he was Professor of Development Studies, and FLACSO Argentina. He also sits on the board of directors of Greenpeace UK, is a board member of the Brussels-based NGO Carbon Market Watch and a member of the advisory board of the Greenhouse think-tank. He has worked with governments in the UK, Canada, Sweden and Finland and for global and regional institutions such as the UNDP and GEF and IADB. He is associate editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics and sits on the board of the Global Environmental Change, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Environment and Development and Earth Systems Governance Journal. His single and co-authored books include Climate for Change; The Effectiveness of EU Environmental Policy; Governing Climate Change; Globalization and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power; Climate Capitalism; Transnational Climate Change Governance and Global Green Politics.