Staff Profile:Dr Chukwumerije Okereke
- Dr Chuks Okereke
- Job Title:
- Associate Professor
- Areas of Interest:
Broadly, the governance of climate change and links with international development and global political economy. Particularly:
- The governance of climate adaptation and low carbon development in Africa
- Ethical dimensions of global environmental and climate governance- e.g. the role of equity and justice in environmental regimes
- The business of climate and environmental governance - e.g. the climate impact of business and corporate strategies for responding to climate change
- Research groups / Centres:
The Governance of Low Carbon development in Africa (Leverhulme Fellowship (Present - until April 2013)
The research has 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 are 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 aims 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.
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 is the 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 stakeholder advisory forum, Centre for Carbon Measurement and Governance at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).
YNumber of items: 26.
- 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 (In Press)
- 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. ISSN 1469-3062 (In Press)
- 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). ISSN 1477-7835 (In Press)
- 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
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.