Professor Neil Carter
Deputy Head of Department



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, will be published in 2018 and he is an Associate Editor of Environmental Politics. He has also written widely about British politics, particularly on political parties and elections.

Neil is currently a Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project Divergence, Dismantling and Contestation, Environmental Governance post Brexit (led by Professor Charlotte Burns) - see the project website for latest developments:

Previously he was awarded (with Professor Robert Ladrech) an ESRC grant for the project Climate Policy and Political Parties ( He also held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project studying UK climate policy and an ESRC grant (with Charlotte Burns) for the project: 'Is the European Parliament an Environmental Champion?'


Neil Carter welcomes research applications in any of his areas of interest.  He has supervised 15 PhD students to successful completion and is currently supervising seven students:

  • Sandra Guzman Luna  - The role of public finance in the transition towards a low carbon development in emerging economies.
  • David Cole - The effects of civil society opposition on far right parties
  • Talia Contreras Tapia - Mexico's road to sustainable energy: the impact of renewable energy on development
  • Stefanos Pentaras - The impact of far right parties on democracy
  • Gracia Paramitha - Bilateral climate governance in Indonesia
  • Thomas Ron - A comparative study of inter-party factional cooperation
  • Mihnea Catuti - New intergovernmentalism and energy policy

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

Prof. Neil Carter
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323558

Feedback and Guidance hours (Autumn term) - Mondays & Fridays 13:30-14:30