- Professor Elizabeth Bomberg
- Professor of Environmental Politics; Deputy Head of Politics and IR
- 3.06 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 4248
- Research Interests
- Environmental politics and policy; energy politics; activism; Europeanization; US politics
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Feedback and Guidance Hours: Tuesdays, 12 - 2pm Or email me for an appointment
BA, California State University; MA and PhD, University of California
Elizabeth Bomberg was educated in California before moving to Britain in the 1990s. She has taught at the Universities of York and Stirling (Britain), the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), and has held research posts in Brussels and at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research interests include comparative environmental politics and policy, energy and climate change, sustainable development, and US and European Union politics.
Elizabeth is a member of the University Court, Deputy Head of Politics and International Relations (PIR), and Programme Director of the postgraduate programme: MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society (GEPS). She is also Senior Personal Tutor for PIR undergraduates and plays an envrironmental leadership role as Deputy Director of the University’s Global Environment and Society Academy GESA.
Elizabeth has a keen interest in teaching methods, approaches and innovation. She has taught on or convened a wide range of postgraduate, honours undergraduate and introductory undergraduate courses. Elizabeth is a dedicated teacher and recipient of the University's Student Association's teaching award as well as the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme, the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, and the national Political Studies Association Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her core teaching covers Environmental Politics, US Politics, EU Politics and Sustainable Development.
Elizabeth is also coordinating PIR’s expanding initiatives to widen participation: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-recruitment/widening-participation
Here are Elizaeth's suggestions for strengthening the links between teaching and research:
Elizabeth's primary research activity falls into the broad area of comparative environmental politics, with particular substantive emphasis on activism, climate change, shale politics and community energy, and a geographic focus on the EU and US. Her monographs, edited textbook, and several journal articles and chapters investigate environmental politics and policymaking in these two polities.
Along with colleague Nicola McEwen, Elizabeth led a UKERC-funded project on grassroots mobilization and energy governance in Scotland (EnGAGE). See http://www.institute-of-governance.org/major_projects/ukerc_-_engage_scotland.
Her current project is an AHRC–funded study of faith-based activism and climate change as part of a multi-disciplinary team from Divinity, Economic and Social History, Philosophy and Geography. The grant includes a PhD studentship (held by Alice Hague) supervised by Bomberg (Politics) and Michael Northcott (Divinity). See: Ancestral Time
Elizabeth Bomberg, E (2017) ‘Fracking and framing in transatlantic perspective: a comparison of shale politics in the US and European Union’ Journal of Transatlantic Studies, vol 15 (pp1-20) Published online: Jan 2017: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14794012.2016.1268789
Stephen Porter, Dave Reay, Peter Higgins and Elizabeth Bomberg (2016) ‘A half-century of production-phase greenhouse gas emissions from food loss & waste in the global food supply chain.’ Sci Total Environ. 2016 Jul 15. pii: S0048-9697(16)31486-3. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.041. [Epub ahead of print]
Elizabeth Bomberg (2015) ‘Shale We Drill? Discourse Dynamics in UK Fracking Debates’ Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, June 2015; available on-line: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1523908X.2015.1053111
Elizabeth Bomberg (2015) ‘Greening the State, American Style’ in Bäckstrand, K. and Kronsell, A. (eds.) Rethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance Towards Climate and Sustainability Transitions, pp. 122-37. Routledge/Earthscan https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138792517
Mitchell Small, Paul Stern, Elizabeth Bomberg, Susan Christopherson, et al (2014) ‘Risks and Risk Governance in Unconventional Shale Development’ Environmental Science & Technology., vol 48 (15): 8289-97
Elizabeth Bomberg (2014) Governing shale gas development : The European Experience Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy Report, CLOSUP Series. Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
Nicola McEwen and Elizabeth Bomberg (2014) ‘Sub-State Climate Pioneers: A case study of Scotland’s energy and climate change programme’, Regional and Federal Studies vol 24(1): 63-85 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13597566.2013.820182
Claire Haggett, Emily Creamer, Jelte Harnmeijer, Matthew Parsons and Elizabeth Bomberg (2013) Community Energy in Scotland: the Social Factors for Success Edinburgh: CXC Report, October Available at: http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/index.php/download_file/283/250/
Elizabeth Bomberg (2013) ‘Moving beyond the impasse: Climate change activism in the US and the EU’ in Meadowcroft, J. et al. (eds.) Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development (Edward Elgar).
Elizabeth Bomberg and Nicola McEwen (2012) 'Mobilizing Community Energy' in Energy Policy vol 51: 435-44
Elizabeth Bomberg (2012) 'Mind the (Mobilization) Gap: Comparing Climate Activism in the United States and European Union' Review of Policy Research, vol 29(3): 411-33.
Topics interested in supervising
Environmental politics and politics; climate politics and activism; community energy; EU or US environmental policy; comparative environmental politics; NGOs, multilevel governance and environment
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