Peter Newell is a specialist in the politics and political economy of environment and development. For more than 25 years he has conducted research, consultancy and advisory work on issues of climate change, agricultural biotechnology, corporate accountability and trade policy working in a number of countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa.
In recent years his research has mainly focussed on the political economy of carbon markets and low carbon energy transitions. Besides working for academic institutions including the universities of Sussex, Oxford, Warwick and East Anglia, he has undertaken commissioned research and policy work for the governments of the UK, Sweden and Finland and for international organisations such as UNDP, GEF and the Inter-American Development Bank.
He has worked for NGOs such as Friends of the Earth and Climate Network Europe and together with groups such as CDM Watch, Practical Action, Transparency International, Care, Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, International Council on Human Rights Policy. He sits on the board of directors of Greenpeace UK, is a board member of the Brussels-based NGO Carbon Market Watch and a member of the advisory board of the Greenhouse think-tank. He is associate editor of Global Environmental Politics and sits on the board of the journals Global Environmental Change, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Environment and Development and Earth Systems Governance Journal.