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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Ryan Rafaty is a political scientist by training, with expertise in the design, empirical evaluation, and political economy of policies to mitigate climate change, decarbonize energy systems, and govern natural resources. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Policy at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, working with the Climate Econometrics project. In addition to his affiliation and collaborations with C-EENRG, Ryan is a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, where he contributes to the Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition. In a volunteer capacity, Ryan manages the Secretariat for the Net Zero Working Group of the Business Action Council, a broad coalition of UK business associations formed during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently exploring and proposing a series of policy recommendations to support a green recovery.

Previously, Ryan worked as a consultant at the World Bank’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (MTI) Global Practice, Deputy Research Director at the Climate Leadership Council, and Managing Editor (Book Reviews) at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, among other roles. He has taught undergraduate and masters students at the Department of Politics at University of Cambridge and jointly at the School of Geography and the Environment and Blavatnik School of Government at University of Oxford.


Key publications: 

Farmer, J.D.,  Hepburn, C., Ives, M.C., Hale, T. Wetzer, T., Mealy, P., Rafaty, R., Srivastav, S., Way, R. (2019).  Sensitive Intervention Points in the Post-Carbon TransitionScience,  364(6436), pp. 132-134.

Klenert, D., Mattauch, L., Combet, E., Edenhofer, O., Hepburn, C., Rafaty, R., & Stern, N. (2018). Making Carbon Pricing Work for Citizens. Nature Climate Change, 8, pp. 669–677.

Rafaty, R., Srivastav, S., and Hoops, B. (2020). Revoking Coal Mining Permits: An Economic and Legal AnalysisClimate Policy.

Pigato, M., Black, S., Dussaux, D., Mao, Z., McKenna, M., Rafaty, R., Touboul, S. (2020). Technology Transfer and Innovation for Low-Carbon Development. Washington, DC: World Bank Group.

Rafaty, R. (2018). Perceptions of Corruption, Political Distrust, and the Weakening of Climate Policy. Global Environmental Politics, 18(3), pp. 106-129.

C-EENRG Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuffield College
Senior Research Officer, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School
University of Oxford
Dr Ryan   Rafaty