Professor Charlotte Burns
Telephone: 0114 222 1703
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.
Charlie is on the editorial board of the journal Environmental Politics for which she is also currently book reviews editor.
She is the departmental link on the Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee.
She is currently an External Examiner for the University of Exeter’s Department of Politics.
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.
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.
I am currently working on two main projects:
The impact of the global economic and financial crisis upon environmental policy in Europe
This project has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust for three years to evaluate whether the Global financial and economic crisis has had a discernible impact upon environmental policy ambition in the EU. The project has produced a dataset that includes coding of the environmental ambition of all environmental policy adopted under the ordinary legislative procedure (co-decision) over a ten-year period, a range of interviews with key stakeholders and national case studies of renewable energy policy in Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany and the UK.
The implications of Brexit for UK and EU environmental policy
I am a research leader for the UK in Changing Europe programme focussing upon environmental policy. The UK’s planned exit from the European Union has major ramifications for the future of environmental governance and cognate policy sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and energy. The UK’s environmental policy has been deeply europeanised and the environment is a devolved policy area; leaving the EU therefore raises a range of questions about the future distribution of competence across the nations of the UK, the level at which standards might be set and the principles that should inform future policy.
The project involves a team of academics from across the UK and we are working with stakeholders to develop scenarios and policy briefs to inform environmental futures in the UK. We have given evidence to a range of parliamentary enquiries and have a well-regarded blog which 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 also 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 prerogatives.
Farstad, F., & Carter, N., and Burns C. (2018). What does Brexit mean for the UK’s Climate Change Act?. The Political Quarterly.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-923X.12486/full
Andreas, J., Burns, C. & Touza, J. (2018). Overcoming energy injustice? Bulgaria’s renewable energy transition in times of crisis. Energy Research & Social Science, 42, 44-52. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2018.02.020
Tobin, P., Tosun, J., Schmidt, N. & Burns, C. (2018). Mapping states’ Paris climate pledges: Analysing targets and groups at COP 21. Global Environmental Change, 48, 11-21. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.11.002
Andreas, J., Burns, C. and Touza, J. (2017) ‘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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.06.011
Burns, C, Clifton, J. and Quaglia, L. (2017) ‘Explaining policy change in the EU: Financial reform after the Crisis’, Journal of European Public Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2017.1301535.
Burns, C. (2017) ‘The European Parliament and Climate Change: A constrained leader?’ in R. Wurzel, J. Connelly, and D. Liefferink, (eds) The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead?, London: Routledge, pp.52-65
Burns, C. and Tobin, P. (2017) ‘Environmental Degradation’ in D. Whyte, and V.Cooper (eds) The Violence of Austerity, Pluto Press.
Burns, C. and Tobin, P. (2017)’ The Limits of Ambitious Environmental Policy in time of Crisis’ in C. Adelle, K. Biedenkopf, and D. Torney, The External Dimension of European Union Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (in press) , pp. 319-336
Burns, C. and Tobin, P. (2016) ‘The impact of the economic crisis on European Union environmental policy’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 54, 1485–1494.
Gravey, V., Brown, I., Farstad, F., Hartley, S.E., Hejnowicz, A.P., Hicks, K., and Burns, C. (2017) ‘Post-Brexit Policy in the UK: A New Dawn? Agri-environment’, URL: https://www.brexitenvironment.co.uk/policy-briefs/.
Burns, C. (2016) ‘Environmental Quality’, in Burns, C., Jordan, A., Gravey, V., Berny, N., Bulmer, S., Carter, N. T., Cowell, R., Dutton, J., Moore, B., Oberthür, S., Owens, S., Rayner, T., Scott, J. & Beukers-Stewart, B. D. 11 Apr 2016 The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review, available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Expert-Review_EU-referendum-UK-environment.pdf, pp.135-146.
Burns, C. and Jordan, A. (2016) ‘Environmental Policy in Burns, C., Jordan, A., Gravey, V., Berny, N., Bulmer, S., Carter, N. T., Cowell, R., Dutton, J., Moore, B., Oberthür, S., Owens, S., Rayner, T., Scott, J. & Beukers-Stewart, B. D. 11 Apr 2016 The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review, available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Expert-Review_EU-referendum-UK-environment.pdf pp.5-14.
Burns, C., Jordan, A., Gravey, V. (2016) The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review, Executive Summary available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Executive-summary-EU-referendum-UK-environment.pdf
Burns, C., Jordan, A., Gravey, V. (2016) The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: The Future Under a 'Hard' and a 'Soft' Brexit, available at: http://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/The-Environment-under-Soft-or-Hard-Brexit.pdf
Burns, C. (2015) The EU Referendum and the Environment, briefing commissioned by Friends of the Earth, available at: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/eu-referendum-environment-81600.pdf.
Burns, C. (2013) The Implications for UK Environmental Policy of a Vote to Exit the EU, briefing commissioned by Friends of the Earth, available at: http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/eu_referendum_environment.pdf
Burns. C (2017) Evidence on behalf of Brexit & Environment submitted to National Assembly for Wales, Consultation on The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and its Implications for Wales, 04 September 2017.
Burns, C. (2016) Oral evidence to National Assembly for Wales, External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, evidence session 31st October 2016.
Burns, C. (2016) Oral evidence to the House of Lords, EU Committee – Energy and Environment Sub-committee, Potential Implications of Brexit for Environment Policy, special evidence session, 20 July 2016
Burns, C. and Gravey, V. (2016) Evidence submitted to: House of Commons, Environmental Audit Committee Assessment of EU/UK Environmental Policy Inquiry.
Gravey, V. Jordan A. and Burns, C. (2016) Evidence submitted to: House of Commons, Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry, The future of the Natural Environment after the EU referendum.
Gravey, V., Jordan, A. and Burns, C. (2016) Evidence submitted to: House of Commons, Exiting the European Union Committee Inquiry, The process for exiting the European Union and the Government's negotiating objectives.
Burns, C., Arnold, K, and Carslaw, N. (2013) Evidence submitted to the Balance of Competence Review on Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Environment Department.
Burns, C. (2009) Evidence submitted to House of Lords Report, Codecision and National Parliamentary Scrutiny: Report with Evidence, European Union Committee, 17th Report of Session 2008-2009.
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.