Prof Claire Dupont is Assistant Professor in European and International Governance at Ghent University, Belgium. Her research is focused on EU and international climate and energy policies, and on the challenges for multiple levels of democratic governance systems to respond to the climate challenge. She is interested in the role of expertise in policymaking and the evolution of the political salience of the climate issue over time. She also carries out research into the potential of political representation to serve as a mechanism for ensuring sustainable development and justice towards future generations in EU governance. These research avenues build upon Claire’s past research, which highlighted climate policy integration as a tool for promoting measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change across multiple sectors and multiple levels of governance.

Claire received her PhD in political science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2013. Her thesis was entitled: Climate Policy Integration into EU Energy Policy.

Selected publications

  • Dupont, Claire, Sebastian Oberthür and Katja Biedenkopf. 2018. ‘Climate Change: Adapting to Evolving Internal and External Dynamics’. In Adelle, Camilla, Katja Biedenkopf and Diarmuid Torney (eds.), European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders, Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 105-124.
  • Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür. 2017. ‘The Council, the European Council and International Climate Policy: Stuck on the Road to Transformational Leadership’. In Wurzel, Rüdiger K.W., Duncan Liefferink and James Connelly (eds.), Still Leading: The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 66-79.
  • Dupont, Claire. 2016. Climate Policy Integration into EU Energy Policy: Progress and Prospects. London: Routledge.
  • Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür (eds). 2015. Decarbonization in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür. 2015. ‘The European Union’. In Bäckstrand, Karin and Eva Lövbrand (eds.), Research handbook on climate governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 224-236.
  • Dupont, Claire. 2014. “EU Climate and Energy Policy: hope for more and better climate policy integration?” IES Policy Brief, 2/2014. Available at: http://www.ies.be/policy-brief/eu-climate-and-energy-policy-hope-more-and-better-climate-policy-integration.
  • Biedenkopf, Katja and Claire Dupont. 2013. “A toolbox approach to the EU’s external climate governance”. In Boening, Astrid, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon, (eds.), Global Power Europe. Volume one: theoretical and institutional approaches to the EU’s external relations, pp. 181-199. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür. 2012. “Insufficient climate policy integration in EU energy policy: the importance of the long-term perspective”. Journal of Contemporary European Research, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 228-247. Available at: http://www.jcer.net/index.php/jcer/article/view/474.
  • Dupont, Claire, and Radostina Primova. 2011. “Combating complexity: the integration of EU climate and energy policies.” In: Tosun, Jale, and Israel Solorio (eds.) Energy and Environment in Europe: Assessing a Complex Relationship, European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Special Mini-Issue 1, Vol. 15, Article 8. Available at: http://eiop.or.at/eiop/texte/2011-008a.htm.
  • Oberthür, Sebastian and Claire Dupont. 2011. “The Council, the European Council and international climate policy: from symbolic leadership to leadership by example”. In Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel and James Connelly (eds.), The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 74-91.
  • Oberthür, Sebastian, Claire Dupont and Yasuko Matsumoto. 2011. “Managing Policy Contradictions between the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols: The Case of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases”. In Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke, (eds.), Managing Institutional Complexity. Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 115-141.