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Lauri Peterson is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland. Lauri holds a PhD in Political Science from Uppsala University, a MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University and a BA in History from the University of Tartu.

In his PhD thesis, he investigated climate change mitigation on the international, national and sub-national levels of governance by looking at domestic actors and institutions. His current research focuses on the determinants of climate change mitigation, climate finance and the role of climate hazards. Lauri is currently engaged in several research projects, which investigate the drivers and barriers to the development of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

In addition to his involvement in Earth System Governance, Lauri is also Research Fellow of the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science.


Peer-reviewed publications:

  • Lauri Peterson. “Domestic and International Climate Policies: Complements or Substitutes?.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (2021) OPEN ACCESS
  • Lauri Peterson. “Silver Lining to Extreme Weather Events? Democracy and Climate Change Mitigation.” Global Environmental Politics (2021): 21(1). 1–31
  • Lauri Peterson, Jakob Skovgaard. “Bureaucratic politics and the allocation of climate finance.” World Development (2019): 117. 72–97
  • Wolfgang Obergassel, Lauri Peterson, Florian Mersmann, Jeanette Schade, Jane Alice Hofbauer and Monika Mayrhofer. “Human Rights and the Clean Development Mechanism: Lessons Learned from Three Case Studies.” Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (2017): 8(1). 51–71
  • Lauri Peterson. “The Measurement of Non-economic Inequality in Well-being Indices.” Social Indicators Research (2016): 119(2). 581–598.

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