Professor Charlotte Burns
Department of Politics and International Relations
Professor of Politics
Director of White Rose Doctoral Training Programme
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Department of Politics and International Relations
Charlotte (Charlie) Burns joined Sheffield as a Professorial Fellow in September 2017.
She studied a BA in Philosophy and Politics at the University of York, and an MA in EU studies at the University of Newcastle. She then worked for two years in Brussels as a research assistant for the Chair of the European Parliament Environment Committee before commencing a PhD in Politics at the University of Sheffield. She held an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship at Sheffield, a lectureship in EU politics at the University of Aberystwyth, an RCUK fellowship in democracy and governance at the University of Leeds before joining the Environment Department at the University of York, where she was made Senior Lecturer in 2015.
- Research interests
I am interested in the factors shaping environmental resilience in the face of external challenges. More specifically - what puts environmental policy goals at risk and what enables them to withstand change and be resilient? My background is in studying decision-making and EU environmental politics and policy, with a specific focus upon the European Parliament.
Since 2013 I have been working on the implications of EU membership or UK and EU environmental policy. I have been a research leader for the UK in a Changing Europe programme focussing upon environmental policy. I am co-founder and co-chair of the Brexit and Environment Network which brings together academics and stakeholders to deliver evidence and advice on environmental policy and politics in the UK.
We have given evidence to a range of parliamentary enquiries and have a well-regarded blog that can be accessed from our website. We won insight of the year from the Environmental News Daily service (ENDs) in 2016-2017 for our work on the environmental implications of Brexit during the referendum campaign.
I am also currently a co-investigator on an ESRC Governance after Brexit grant led by Dr Ruth Little from the Department of Geography, which will analyse the future development of agri-environmental policies.
I have an on-going interest in the environmental behaviour of the European Parliament, EU environmental policy and EU decision-making. I am working a range of publications on the challenges and constraints faced by the Parliament in the exercise of its environmental
- Dismantling, disintegration or continuing stealthy integration in European Union environmental policy?. Public Administration. View this article in WRRO
- Will brexit degrade UK environmental policy?. Current History, 119(815), 101-106.
- Making Brexit work for the environment and livelihoods : delivering a stakeholder informed vision for agriculture and fisheries. People and Nature, 1(4), 442-456. View this article in WRRO
- Crisis, climate change and comitology : policy dismantling via the backdoor?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. View this article in WRRO
- Parliamentarizing a politicized policy : understanding the involvement of the European Parliament in UN climate negotiations. Politics and Governance, 7(3). View this article in WRRO
- Portugal under austerity : from financial to renewable crisis?. Environmental Research Communications, 1(9). View this article in WRRO
- In the eye of the storm? The European Parliament, the environment and the EU’s crises. Journal of European Integration, 41(3), 311-327. View this article in WRRO
- Is the trajectory of European Union environmental policy less certain?. Environmental Politics, 28(2), 187-207. View this article in WRRO
- De-Europeanising or disengaging? EU environmental policy and Brexit. Environmental Politics, 28(2), 271-292. View this article in WRRO
- EU environmental policy in times of crisis. Journal of European Public Policy. View this article in WRRO
- Brexit and UK Environmental Policy and Politics. Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, XXIII(3). View this article in WRRO
- Overcoming energy injustice? Bulgaria’s renewable energy transition in times of crisis. Energy Research & Social Science, 42, 44-52. View this article in WRRO
- What does Brexit Mean for the UK's Climate Change Act?. The Political Quarterly. View this article in WRRO
- Mapping states’ Paris climate pledges: Analysing targets and groups at COP 21. Global Environmental Change, 48, 11-21. View this article in WRRO
- Renewable Energy as a Luxury? A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of the Role of the Economy in the EU's Renewable Energy Transitions During the ‘Double Crisis’. Ecological Economics, 142, 81-90. View this article in WRRO
- Explaining policy change in the EU: financial reform after the crisis. Journal of European Public Policy. View this article in WRRO
- Research group
I have been involved in supervising eight students. I am keen to supervise students interested in EU or UK environmental policy, EU decision-making, environmental policy and EU subjects more broadly.
- Teaching activities
I am an enthusiastic teacher who is committed to making teaching and learning accessible and fun, using real-world examples to bring the subject to life. I like to use role-play and policy analysis to help to explain the issues that policy-makers can face in trying to navigate complex policy problems and environments.
In my current role as a professorial fellow, I am not contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department, but will make some guest appearances. I am available for PhD supervision.
- Professional activities
Charlie is on the editorial board of the journal Environmental Politics and director of Equality Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Politics. She sits on the Faculty of Social Science Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.