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Professor Neil Carter



Neil Carter graduated in Politics from the University of Durham and received his postgraduate degrees from the University of Bath. He has held visiting appointments at Griffith University, Monash University and Nuffield College. His main research and teaching interests have focused on environmental politics and policy, and on British party politics.

See Blowing Hot and Cold: A Critical Analysis of Labour's Climate Change Policy.



Neil Carter is interested in all aspects of environmental politics and policy, with a particular interest in climate policy and politics. The third edition of his book, The Politics of the Environment, was published in 2018. He has also written widely about British politics, particularly on political parties and elections.

Neil was a Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project Divergence, Dismantling and Contestation, Environmental Governance post Brexit (led by Professor Charlotte Burns)

He has also held ESRC grants examining Climate Policy and Political Parties, with Professor Robert Ladrech, and asking Is the European Parliament an Environmental Champion? (with Charlotte Burns). He was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to study the Labour Government’s climate policy.


Neil Carter welcomes research applications in any of his areas of interest.  He has supervised twenty-five PhD students to successful completion. He is currently jointly supervising five students:

  • Dila Gulomova – EU foreign policy towards Central Asia
  • James Reeves – Climate change, framing and public opinion
  • Megan Tarrant – The role of environmental knowledge in rights-based approaches to conservation
  • Justin Robinson – The emotional substrates of environmental preferences
  • Julio Galindo Gutiérrez – The challenge of ‘greening’ the Finance for Development’ agenda



External activities

Editorial duties

Associate Editor, Environmental Politics


Neil Carter was commissioned by Friends of the Earth to produce a study of the Labour Government’s environment policies; New Labour, New Environment? – an Analysis of the Labour Government's Policy on Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss, July 2007. He has advised the Science Museum on its climate change exhibition.

Neil Carter regularly contributes to national and local radio.

Neil Carter

Contact details

Professor Neil Carter
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323558

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