Dr Patrick Bayer

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Government & Public Policy and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. My research focuses on international cooperation and the political economy of environmental regulation and energy policy. I am particularly interested in how the domestic political economy and political incentives shape governments’ and firms’ responses to climate change and the global energy transformation. I regularly teach classes on international organizations and global energy/climate policy and politics.

In 2021, I was awarded the Emerging Young Scholar Award of the American Political Science Association's (APSA) section on "Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy" (STEP), given in recognition of a "researcher, within 10 years of completing their Ph.D. degree, who is making notable contributions to the field of science, technology, and environmental politics.” I received funding from the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Among other outlets, my work was published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Energy Economics, PNAS, and Science Advances. My book on Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap was published with MIT Press in 2018 and offers the first comprehensive political science account of energy poverty. I have written for The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, VoxDev, The Conversation and the LSE's EUROPP blog. My work has been covered by The Economist.

Additional information can be found on my personal website and replication materials for my publications are available from my Harvard Dataverse repository. You can reach me on Twitter @pol_economist.


Beliefs about consequences from climate action under weak climate institutions : sectors, home bias, and international embeddedness
Bayer Patrick, Genovese Federica
Global Environmental Politics Vol 20, pp. 28-50 (2020)
The European Union emissions trading system reduced CO2 emissions despite low prices
Bayer Patrick, Aklin Michaël
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol 117, pp. 8804-8812 (2020)
The need for impact evaluation in electricity access research
Bayer Patrick, Kennedy Ryan, Yang Joonseok, Urpelainen Johannes
Energy Policy Vol 137 (2020)
Shades of darkness or light? A systematic review of geographic bias in impact evaluations of electricity access
Hamburger David, Jaeger Joel, Bayer Patrick, Kennedy Ryan, Yang Joonseok, Urpelainen Johannes
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 58 (2019)
Many voices in the room : a national survey experiment on how framing changes views toward fracking in the United States
Bayer Patrick, Ovodenko Alexander
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 56 (2019)
Escaping the energy poverty trap : when and how governments power the lives of the poor
Aklin Michaël, Bayer Patrick, Harish S P, Urpelainen Johannes

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Professional activities

Coriolis Technology event "The Future of Strategy: Beyond Sustainability" during COP26
GCF task force and UFMG event "The Importance of Transparency for Deforestation-free Agricultural Production, Investments and Trade in Brazil" during COP26
Interview with TV5 Monde, France, about outcomes of first week of COP26
Camda Credible Climate Action event on "Future of Climate Action Accounting" during COP26
GEMM event "Cities are the Key to the Climate Solution: Meeting Global Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality Targets through Real-Time Measurement" during COP26
University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School event "Climate Change: Corporate Reporting and Lobbying" during COP

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The sectoral politics of climate policy: Domestic conflict and UK public support for ambitious climate action
Bayer, Patrick (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets in Europe, 2005-2012
Bayer, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Aklin, M. (Co-investigator)
Funding: British Academy Small Grant SG171349, £7,813
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
The Local Economics and Politics of Shale Gas Energy in the US
Bayer, Patrick (Co-investigator) Ovodenko, Alexander (Co-investigator)
Funding: Resources for the Future John V. Krutilla Research Stipend, $5,500
13-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016
Rural Electrification with Offgrid Community Microgrids: An Impact Evaluation in Uttar Pradesh India
Aklin, M. (Co-investigator) Bayer, Patrick (Co-investigator) Harish, S. P. (Co-investigator) Urpelainen, J. (Principal Investigator)
Funding: IGC Growth Centre, £26,653
22-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2015

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