Staff Profile:Dr Chukwumerije Okereke
- Professor Chuks Okereke
- Job Title:
- Postgraduate Director (Human Geography)
- Communications Officer (Geography and Environment Science)
- ESRC SE DTC Pathway Coordinator for Human Geography
- Areas of Interest:
Broadly, the governance of climate change and links with international development. Particularly:
- Ethical dimensions of global environmental and climate governance- e.g. the role of equity and justice in international environmental treaties
- The governance of climate change, green economy and low carbon development in Africa
- The role of business in climate and environmental governance
- The international/global political economy of environmental governance
- Research groups / Centres:
Interactions between Industrial Polices and Green Economy Strategies in Ethiopia (Feb 2015 - September 2016)
Funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), this research project will develop an integrated understanding of the conflicts, synergies, trade-offs and multiplier effects of industrial policies and green economy strategies in Ethiopia with a view to providing policy roadmaps that integrate socio-economic development and the protection of ecological systems. The project will have four inter-related strands as building blocks:
- Analysis of industrialization experiences and pathways in Ethiopia against the backdrop of the green economy strategy;
- Development of a baseline of four manufacturing sub-sectors with the dual purpose of building an inventory of production and consumption data and assessing the current performance of the subsectors selected, relative to international practice;
- Survey of current innovation systems for (greening) industrial development in Ethiopia, and assess existing technical and knowledge gaps;
- Evaluation of existing governance systems, institutions and policies to explore opportunities for institutional innovation and policy learning.
Partner institutions include University College London (UCL), Ethiopia Development Research Institute (EDRI) and Quantum Global Research, Switzerland.
Scoping study on low carbon societal transformation in Oxfordshire County Council (November 2014- July 2015)
Funded by the Walker Institute for Climate Research, this project aims to improve understanding of the governance of low carbon transition in Oxfordshire, which has one of the largest and most dynamic networks of Community Actions Groups (CAGs) in the UK. The scoping study will explore the: (i) environmental and the wider societal impacts of CAG activities; (ii) opportunities for, and barriers against CAGs and the city council to improve their performance in helping to facilitate low carbon transformation in Oxfordshire. The grand objective is to contribute knowledge that will enlighten governance for a just societal transformation towards a low-carbon future.
Recently Completed Projects:
The Governance of Low Carbon development in Africa (Leverhulme Fellowship (May 2011 - April 2013)
The research had the broad aim of helping to facilitate low-carbon development in Africa which is currently the poorest and most vulnerable continent to climate change. The specific objectives were to enhance understanding of:
- options available to resource-rich but poorly developed African countries to achieve low-carbon growth by leveraging available public, private, national and international finance;
- institutional requirements and policies needed to ensure the effective use of clean development finance, thereby enhancing credible and equitable climate policy outcomes;
- reforms needed at the international regime level to stimulate increased capital flow to Africa and enhance developing countries' access to finance.
Corporate and Institutional Strategies for Climate Change: An International Comparative Study
(Funded by Australian Research Council $295,000 over three years)
This project was aimed to inform international climate change policy by conducting a comprehensive analysis of institutional and corporate strategies to tackle climate change. Concentrating on Australia, Germany, the UK and USA, the research seeks to explore the differences in climate change policy and strategies in four significant political jurisdictions. Interviews and case studies of a wide variety of stakeholders, including key personnel from government, large and small business firms, industry associations and non-governmental organisations will be used to identify successful strategies for stakeholder engagement and managing climate change challenges.
Chuks was appointed Reader in Environment and Development in June 2011. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He continues to be a visiting fellow of the Smith School and Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (ECI). He is also a fellow and college adviser at the Green-Templeton College Oxford. Before joining Oxford, Chuks was a Senior Research Associate on the Post-2012 International Climate Policy programme at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia.
Chuks was a Lead Author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), chapter on Sustainable Development and Equity. He also served as a Lead Author in the United Nations Environment Programme's Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Assessment Report, chapter on Africa. Chuks was a member of the Expert Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC (2015) and the Expert Group on Strengthening African Group of Negotiators' (AGN) Position in Global Climate Negotiation (2015).
During his time in Oxford, Chuks was the founding Project Director of the Rwandan National Strategy for Climate and Low Carbon Development project funded jointly by the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) and DfID Rwanda. He was also the Project Director of many other climate change and adaptation projects including:
- Climate Change Impact on Health and Response Options for the Pharmaceutical Industry; Opportunities for carbon emission reduction in sub-Saharan Africa
- Corporate climate strategies and the links with post-2012 climate policy.
Chuks was the pioneer moderator of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Climate Diplomacy Course and has served as a consultant to DFID, UNDP, the World Bank and a number of African Governments.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Global Environmental Politics, the official journal of the Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association (ISA). He is also a member of the Executive Committee, Environmental Studies Sections, ISA, a member of UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) project and a member of the Climate Strategies Network.
Chuks' outreach works include advisory services to wide ranging stakeholders including governments, NGOs, and international organisations; and commentaries in The Ecologist, Nature, The Conversation, as well as several BBC TV/radio interviews.
- Tariya Yusuf, The role of stakeholder participation in climate adaptation, (Nigerian Government Scholarship)
- Izabela Anna Stacewicz, Effectiveness of Multi- Stakeholder Initiatives, (UoR FAHSS scholarship)
- Idegbe Ebereonwu, Energy Policy and Environmental Pollution in Nigeria (Nigerian Niger Delta Development Commission Scholarship
- Tanveer Ahmad, Climate finance and poverty alleviation in Pakistan, (self-funded)
- Brian Chirambo, Energy Access and UNFCCC REDD+ Policies, (Commonwealth Scholarship),
- Abu-Bakar S. Massaquoi, Participatory forest governance in Sierra Leone (Commonwealth Scholarship)
- Kyung-Kun Lee, Efficiency of the UN climate change negotiation (UoR FAHSS Scholarship),
- Josh Wells, The ethics and governance of Geo-engineering (self-funded)
- Jan Klaassen, Understanding African Foreign Policy: Nigeria, Territories of (Dis)Order, and Bourdieu
YNumber of items: 42.
- Okereke, C. and Coventry, P. (2016) Climate justice and the international regime: before, during and after Paris. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 7 (6). pp. 834-851. ISSN 1757-7799 doi: 10.1002/wcc.419
- Okereke, C. and Massaquoi, A. (2016) Climate change, environment and development. In: Haslam, P., Schafer, J. and Beaudet., P. (eds.) Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors and Issues, 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press, Don Mills. (In Press)
- Okereke, C. (2015) Business. In: Bäckstrand, K. and Lövbrand, E. (eds.) Research Hand Book on Climate Governance. Edward Elgar Press., Cheltenham, pp. 127-133. ISBN 9781783470594
- Okereke, C. (2015) Neo-Gramscianism. In: Pattberg, P. H. and Zelli, F. (eds.) Edward Elgar Encyclopaedia for Global Environmental Governance and Politics. Edward Edgar Press, Cheltenham, pp. 127-133. ISBN 9781782545781
- Okereke, C. and Agupusi, P. (2015) Homegrown development in Africa: reality or illusion. Routledge studies in African politics and international relations. Routledge, Abingdon, pp200. ISBN 9780415525749
- Ehresman, T.G. and Okereke, C. (2015) Environmental justice and conceptions of the green economy. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 15 (1). pp. 13-27. ISSN 1573-1553 doi: 10.1007/s10784-014-9265-2
- Okereke, C. and Ehresman, T. (2015) International environmental justice and the quest for a green global economy: introduction to special issue. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 15 (1). pp. 5-11. ISSN 1573-1553 doi: 10.1007/s10784-014-9264-3
- Elah, M. and Okereke, C. (2014) A neo-Gramscian account of carbon markets: the case of the European Union emissions trading scheme and the clean development mechanism. In: Stephan, B. and Lane, R. (eds.) The politics of carbon markets. Routledge Series in Environmental Policy. Routledge, London, pp. 113-132. ISBN 978041570713
- Bumpus, A., Perez Henriquez, B. L., Okereke, C. and Tansey, J., eds. (2014) Carbon governance, climate change and business transformation. Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research. Routledge, Abingdon, pp264. ISBN 9780415816908
- Bumpus, A., Perez-Henriqez, B.L., Okereke, C. and Tansey, J. (2014) Carbon governance, climate change and business transformation: introduction. In: Bumpus, A., Tansey, T., Perez-Henriquez, B. L. and Okereke, C. (eds.) Carbon governance, climate change and business transformation. Routledge advances in climate change research. Routledge, London, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780415816908
- Ibikunle, G. and Okereke, C. (2014) Governing carbon through the EUETS: opportunities, pitfalls and future prospects. In: Bumpus, A., Tansey, J., Henriquez, B. and Okereke, C. (eds.) Carbon governance, climate change and business transformation. Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research. Routledge, London, pp. 143-157. ISBN 9780415816908
- Okereke, C. and Charlesworth, M. (2014) Environmental and ecological justice. In: Betsill, M. M., Hochstetler, K. and Stevis, D. (eds.) Advances in International Environmental Politics. 2nd Edition. Palgrave Advances. Palgrave Macmilian, New York, pp. 123-147. ISBN 9781137338969
- Okereke, C. (2014) A changing climate and African development. In: Dessai, V. and Potter, R. (eds.) The Companion to Development Studies. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 346-351. ISBN 9781444167245
- Fleurbaey, M., Kartha, S., Bolwig, S., Chee, Y. L., Chen, Y. , Corbera, E., Lecocq, F., Lutz, W., Muylaert, M. S., Norgaard, R. B., Okereke, C. and Sagar, A. (2014) Sustainable development and equity. In: Edenhofer, O., Pichs-Madruga, R. , Sokona, Y., Minx, J. C., Farahani, E., Kadner, S., Seyboth, K., Adler, A., Baum, I., Brunner, S., Eickemeier, P., Kriemann, B., Savolainen, J. , Schlömer, S., von Stechow,, C. and Zwickel, T. (eds.) Climate change 2014: mitigation of climate change. Working group III contribution to the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 238-350. ISBN 9781107058217
- Okereke, C. and Charlesworth, M. (2013) Climate change. In: Death, C. (ed.) Critical Environmental Politics. Routledge, New York, pp. 41-52. ISBN 9780415631037
- Okereke, C. and Tyldesley, S. (2013) From Rio to Copenhagen: multilateral agreements, disagreements and situated actions. In: Lockie, S., Sonnenfeld, D. A. and Fisher, D. R. (eds.) Routledge international handbook of social and environmental change. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 106-117. ISBN 9780415782791
- Okereke, C. and Küng, K. (2013) Climate change policy and business climate strategies: EU cement companies' response to climate change and barriers against action. Management of Environmental Quality, 24 (3). pp. 286-301. ISSN 1477-7835 doi: 10.1108/14777831311322622
- Geck, M., Weng, X., Bent, C., Okereke, C., Murray, T. and Wilson, K. (2013) Breaking the impasse: towards a new regime for international climate governance. Climate Policy, 13 (6). pp. 777-784. ISSN 1469-3062 doi: 10.1080/14693062.2013.823308
- Darko-Mensah, A. and Okereke, C. (2013) Can environmental performance rating programmes succeed in Africa?: an evaluation of Ghana’s AKOBEN project. Management of Environmental Quality, 25 (5). pp. 599-618. ISSN 1477-7835 doi: 10.1108/MEQ-01-2012-0003
- Okereke, C. and Yusuf, T. (2013) Low carbon development and energy security in Africa. In: Dyer, H. and Trombetta, M.J. (eds.) International handbook on energy security. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781781007891
- Schroeder, H. and Okereke, C. (2013) REDD+ and social justice: adaptation by way of mitigation? In: Moser, S. and Boykoff, M. (eds.) Successful adaptation to climate change: linking science and policy in a rapidly changing world. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 81-94. ISBN 9780415524995
- Okereke, C. and McDaniels, D. (2012) To what extent are EU steel companies susceptible to competitive loss due to climate policy? Energy Policy, 46. pp. 203-215. ISSN 0301-4215 doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.03.052
- Okereke, C., Wittneben, B. and Bowen, F. (2012) Climate change: challenging business, transforming politics. Business & Society, 51 (1). pp. 7-30. ISSN 0007-6503 doi: 10.1177/0007650311427659
- Okereke, C., Wittneben , B. and Bowen, F. (2012) Climate change: challenging business,transforming politics. Business and Society Review, 51 (1). pp. 7-30. ISSN 1552-4205 doi: 10.1177/0007650311427659
- Wittneben, B. B.F., Okereke, C., Banerjee, S. B. and Levy, D. L. (2012) Climate change and the emergence of new organizational landscapes. Organization Studies, 33 (11). pp. 1431-1450. ISSN 1741-3044 doi: 10.1177/0170840612464612
- Okereke, C. (2011) Moral foundations for global environmental and climate justice. In: O'Hear, A. (ed.) Philosophy and the environment. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 69 (69). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 117-135. ISBN 9781107696075
- Okereke, C. (2011) Governance and sustainable development in Africa. In: Agyeman-Duah, I. (ed.) Pilgrims of the night: development challenges and opportunities in Africa. Ayebia Publishing, Banbury. ISBN 9780956240156
- Okereke, C. and Schroder, H. (2011) Securing justice for Africa within the global climate regime. In: Agyeman-Duah, I. (ed.) Pilgrims of the night: development challenges and opportunities in Africa. Ayebia Publishing, Banbury. ISBN 9780956240156
- Okereke, C. (2010) Global justice and neoliberal environmental governance: sustainable development, ethics and international co-operation. Routledge Research in Environmental Politics. Routledge, London, pp234. ISBN 9780415599467
- Charlesworth, M. and Okereke, C. (2010) Policy responses to rapid climate change: an epistemological critique of dominant approaches. Global Environmental Change, 20 (1). pp. 121-129. ISSN 0959-3780 doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.09.001 (special issue 'Adaptive capacity to global change in Latin America ')
- Okereke, C. (2010) Climate justice and the international regime. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 1 (3). pp. 462-474. ISSN 1757-7799 doi: 10.1002/wcc.52
- Okereke, C. and Dooley, K. (2010) Principles of justice in proposals and policy approaches to avoided deforestation: towards a post-Copenhagen climate agreement. Global Environmental Change, 20 (1). pp. 82-95. ISSN 0959-3780 doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2009.08.004
- Okereke, C. and Russel, D. (2010) Regulatory pressure and competitive dynamics: carbon management strategies of UK energy-intensive companies. California Management Review, 52 (4). pp. 100-124. ISSN 0008-1256
- Okereke, C. (2009) Ethics and global environmental governance. In: The Environment Encyclopaedia and Directory 2010. Routledge, London, pp. 22-32. ISBN 9781857433777
- Okereke, C. (2009) The politics of interstate climate negotiations. In: Boykoff, M. (ed.) The politics of climate change: a survey. Routledge, London, pp. 42-61. ISBN 9780415613569
- Okereke, C. and Schroeder, H. (2009) How can the objectives of justice, development and climate change mitigation be reconciled in the treatment of developing countries in a post-Kyoto settlement? Climate and Development, 1 (1). pp. 10-15. ISSN 1756-5537 doi: 10.3763/cdev.2009.0008
- Okereke, C., Bulkeley, H. and Schroeder, H. (2009) Conceptualizing climate change governance beyond the international regime. Global Environmental Politics, 9 (1). pp. 58-78. ISSN 1536-0091 doi: 10.1162/glep.2009.9.1.58
- Okereke, C. (2008) Equity norms in global environmental governance. Global Environmental Politics, 8 (3). pp. 25-50. ISSN 1536-0091 doi: 10.1162/glep.2008.8.3.25 (special issue 'The Governance of Transnational Environmental Harm: Addressing New Modes of Accountability/Responsibility ')
- Okereke, C. (2008) Culture, climate change and environmental conflict in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. In: Dasgupta, R. (ed.) Cultural practices, political possibilities. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 260-277. ISBN 9781847184771
- Okereke, C. (2007) Introduction: the politics of the environment: a survey. In: Okereke, C. (ed.) The Politics of the Environment: A Survey. Europa Politics of ... series. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781857433418
- Okereke, C. (2007) The ethical dimensions of global change. In: Okereke, C. (ed.) The Politics of the Environment: A Survey. Europa Politics of ... series. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 136-157. ISBN 9781857433418
- Okereke, C., ed. (2007) The politics of the environment: a survey. Europa Politics of ... series. Taylor & Francis, London, pp312. ISBN 9781857433418
Charlesworth M and Okereke C. (2009) A call to reason. Nature Correspondence, doi 10.1038/climate.2009.118
Okereke, C. ed. (2007) The Politics of the Environment. London: Routledge.
Okereke C. (2007) An Exploration of Motivations, Drivers and Barriers to Carbon Management: The UK FTSE 100. European Management Journal, 25 (6): 475-486.
Rayner T and Okereke C. (2007) The Politics of Climate Change: In The Politics of the Environment, eds. C. Okereke. London: Routledge, pp. 116-135.
Okereke C. (2007) The Ethical Dimensions of Global Change: In The politics of the Environment, ed. C. Okereke. London: Routledge, pp.136-157.
Okereke C. (2006) Global environmental sustainability: Intragenerational equity and conceptions of justice in multilateral environmental regime. Geoforum 37 (5): 745-736.
Okereke C. (2006) Oil Politics and Environmental Conflict: The Case of Niger Delta Nigeria: In The Politics of Oil, ed. B. Gokay. London: Routledge, pp.110-118.