Dr Patrick Bayer

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

I am Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Chancellor’s Fellow in Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. I am also a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Political Economy of Reforms at the University of Mannheim.

Before joining Strathclyde, I have been Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgowand Academic Director of the MSc/MRes programs in International Relations since 2016. I was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and a research fellow at Columbia University and obtained my PhD in Political Science from the University of Mannheim.  I also hold degrees in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth.

My research focuses on central questions in international cooperation and the political economy of environmental and energy politics. I am particularly interested in understanding the relationship between domestic and international politics. Current projects include formal and quantitative work on multilateral agreements, government-firm interaction in carbon markets, and international climate pledges.

My work was published or is forthcoming with the Journal of PoliticsJournal of Conflict ResolutionReview of International OrganizationsEnergy Economics, and Science Advances. My co-authored book on the “Energy Poverty Trap” is out now with MIT Press. I have written for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, VoxDev, or ISEP Policy Briefs, and my work has been covered by The Economist.

All data and replication code for my publications are available from my personal Harvard Dataverse at https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/patrickbayer.


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

Environmental Politics and Governance Conference, University of Oslo (online due to Covid-19)
Participation in workshop, UK BEIS
Strathclyde Engage Month: COP26 and Beyond - Evidencing the path to a NetZero world.
Participation in Call for Evidence, UK BEIS
Interview with Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Network
SGSSS PhD Studentship Selection Committee (Event)

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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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