Emily Wright O'Kelly

Emily Wright O'Kelly works as a Consultant in the fields of climate policy, climate diplomacy and migration. Her work to date has shown that while climate change is already being felt around the world, countries’ abilities to prevent its worst impacts and pursue climate resilient, low carbon development paths vary enormously, placing a special responsibility on the international community to support those most vulnerable. She is particularly interested in the links between climate change and migration, and the innovative new instruments, policies and best practices that are being developed around the world to avert, minimise and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change.

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Winning the Blue Sky Battle: Will China’s Energy Transition be Just?

After releasing a policy paper on China's rising climate leadership in a changing world, our team received a letter from Washington. It raised a fundamental question: is China able to take up this role, as climate change is now part of broader political and economic agendas? The authors of the policy paper now respond to this letter and argue that the key to the ultimate success is a just energy transition.


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European foreign policy in a decarbonising world

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Contributing to the emerging literature on the geopolitical and foreign policy implications of decarbonisation and energy transition processes, this book sheds light on the future of the European Union’s (EU) external relations under decarbonisation. Under the Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015, governments are committed to phasing out the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over the coming decades.

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Rethinking human mobility in the face of global changes

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This paper examines the interaction between climate impacts, migration, displacement and (in)security to better understand the different ways in which mobility can serve as an adaptive strategy to climate- and conflict-related risks and vulnerabilities. It also aims to assess how effective mobility is as an adaptation strategy and will continue to be in light of other stresses, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Geopolitics of Decarbonisation: Reshaping European Foreign Relations

Under the Paris Agreement, governments have committed to radically cutting carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. This decarbonisation process has profound implications for both domestic and foreign policy, and is likely to have important geopolitical consequences. As a global power and leader on climate action, the EU has an important role to play in meeting these challenges.

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