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CEENRG - Climate Policy

C-EENRG hosts the editorial office of the journal Climate Policy, with the Editor, Dr Joanna Depledge, a C-EENRG fellow. The Editors-in-Chief of Climate Policy are Professor Frank Jotzo (Australian National University) and Professor Harald Winkler (University of Cape Town). The Founding Editor is Professor Michael Grubb (University College London). An Editorial Board supports the work of the Journal.

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Aims and scope  

Climate Policy is a world leading, peer-reviewed academic journal, publishing high quality research and analysis on all aspects of climate policy, including both mitigation and adaptation.  Climate Policy is interdisciplinary, and actively encourages submissions from a range of academic disciplines. A key criteria to be considered for publication is that papers must be policy-relevant, and written in a language accessible to policy makers, as well as academics from other fields. 

Climate Policy is published ten times a year.  Its impact factor for 2016 was 2.735.

To access articles published in Climate Policy, and for more information on the journal and how to submit papers, see

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Some background 

Climate Policy was founded in 2000 by Professor Michael Grubb, who noted the absence of academic publications on policy responses to climate change.  At that time, developed country governments were starting to focus on how to implement their legally-binding commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, and a new range of policy options were coming to the fore, notably emissions trading and harnessing of the land-use sector.  Developing countries were also becoming more aware of both the climate change threat and the opportunities presented by low-carbon development, notably through the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism.  Climate change research was no longer the preserve of natural scientists, but increasingly involved economists, political and social scientists, lawyers, and others. 

In this context, in the early 2000s, Climate Policy provided an important new vehicle for disseminating and debating the latest research to help academics, policy-makers and practitioners all over the world deepen their understanding of the emerging climate change challenge.  Climate Policy’s reach and influence has since grown over the years, as climate change itself has risen up the political agenda, involving an ever-expanding range of economic sectors and actors.  As policy design and implementation has progressed at all levels – international, regional, national and local – new issues, dilemmas and opportunities have sprung up, providing fertile ground for researchers.  Responding to the growing demand for policy-relevant research, and the expanding community of climate change researchers and policy-makers, Climate Policy has doubled its output, from four issues annually in 2000 to eight issues from 2016.

With the entry into force of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Climate Policy remains as relevant as ever.  Research on experience with different policy instruments and governance approaches at all levels will become increasingly important as national governments embark on the implementation of their nationally-determined contributions (NDCs), and other actors – notably from the private sector and sub-national governments – seek to also play their part.  As the impacts of climate change become clearer, research on adaptation strategies and financing is becoming more urgent.  At the same time, imaginative thinking is urgently needed to accelerate the low-carbon transition so that the global goal of limiting warming to two degrees can be met. With its wide scope, interdisciplinary approach, and policy relevant focus, Climate Policy will continue to play a key role in nurturing and sharing the innovative research that an effective response to climate change demands.