About

Luke is a Senior Economist with Vivid Economics and an expert in environmental and climate policy. He was previously a lecturer in climate and environmental policy at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He holds both a Doctorate in Political Science (2016) and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with first class honours from the ANU (2011).

Luke is well published across a number of fields including law, economics, political science and human ecology. As a consultant, he has worked for a range of public and private clients including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Capital Territory Government, WWF Australia, Avaaz and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. His work has has substantial policy influence and in 2016 he advised the Australian parliament on the ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He is a regular media commentator and his research has been covered by international media outlets such as the Guardian, the Washington Post, the New Yorker and the New York Times.     Peer-Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Kemp, Luke. 2018. “Mediating the Climate Crisis”, forthcoming in “Handbook on Mediating International Crises”, eds Wilkenfeld, Jon., Beardsley, Kyle., Quinn, Dave.
  • Kemp, Luke. 2017. “Better Out Than In”, Nature Climate Change, 7: 458–460.
  • Kemp Luke. 2017. “Limiting Climate Impact of the Trump Administration”, Palgrave MacMillan Communications, 3(9): 1-5.
  • Kemp Luke. 2017. “A Systems Critique of the Paris Climate Agreement”, in “Pathways to a Sustainable Economy- Bridging the gap between Paris climate change commitments and net zero emissions”, eds Hossain, Moazzem., Hales, Robert., and Sarker, Tapan.
  • Kemp, Luke. 2017. “Is the Paris Agreement Universal and Useless?”, Australian and New Zealand Society on International Law (ANZSIL), Perspective 9.
  • Kemp, Luke. 2016. “US-Proofing the Paris Climate Agreement”, Climate Policy, DOI 10.1080/14693062.2016.1176007
  • Kemp, Luke. 2016. “Book Review: Justice for Future Generations: Climate Change and International Law, by Peter Lawrence”, Climate and Carbon Law Review 10(3): 239-240.
  • Kemp, Luke. 2015. “Framework for the Future: Exploring the possibility of majority voting in the climate negotiations”, International Environmental Agreements, 16(5): 757-779
  • Kemp, Luke. 2015. “Bypassing the ‘ratification straitjacket’: reviewing US legal participation in a climate agreement”, Climate Policy 16(8): 1011-1028.
  • Kemp, Luke. 2014. “Realpolitik and Reform at Rio+20: The Politics of Reforming the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).” Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 30. Lund and Amsterdam: Earth System Governance Project.

Other Publications:

  • Kazagalis, Alex; Ward, John; Sammon, Paul; Evans, Stuart; and Kemp, Luke. 2017. “Net Zero in New Zealand: Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century”, Report prepared for Globe NZ by Vivid Economics.
  • Kemp, Luke. 2017. Climate Report 2017: The Private Sector and Climate Finance in G20 Countries (Australia)”, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
  • Jotzo, Frank and Kemp, Luke. 2016. “INDCs and Low-carbon Growth Strategies in Developing Asia. Asian Development Bank.
  • World Bank Group. 2016. “State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2016”, prepared by Vivid Economics and Ecofys, Washington DC. (Head author of “Chapter 4: Building an international carbon market after Paris”).  Page 3 of 3
  • Kemp, Luke and Jotzo, Frank. 2015. “Delaying mitigation would be costly for Australia”, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy for WWF-Australia.
  • Jotzo, Frank and Kemp, Luke. 2015. “Australia can cut emissions deeply and the cost is low”, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy for WWF-Australia.
  • Kemp, Luke; Sackett, Penny; Jotzo, Frank. 2015. “Sub-National Climate Policies: How does the ACT compare?”, ACT Climate Change Council, Canberra.

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