James Jackson is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Sheffield working under the supervision of Professor Charlotte Burns and Dr Cemal Burak Tansel. His research is centred around the barriers to decarbonising the automobile sector by developing national electric vehicle markets in the UK and Germany. The research is primarily focused on the role of nation states in curating low carbon transitions and transitional and fiscal implications for the transition therein. This focus is also tied into the emergent Green New Deal approaches insofar that they represent an epistemological break with the previous capitalist model in the UK and Germany. James is a co-convener of SPERI’s Doctoral Researchers Network.

Since beginning his doctoral research, James has taught at the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester. He has taught various modules from political economy to British politics. He is also providing research assistance on a bibliometric study of the Global South within IPE for Dr Cemal Burak Tansel and Dr Merve Sancak. Before joining the University of Sheffield, he completed an MA in political science at the University of Birmingham and subsequently worked in transport and environmental policy for local government across the North of England and the Midlands.

Research Interests

James’ research draws upon both environmental politics and political economy. His work seeks to incorporate these often separate disciplines within an environmental political economy approach. In particular, he is interested in the environmental-economic dynamic observable within capitalism. He is also interested in finance, particularly the emergent category of green finance, debt, central banking, inequality and political ecology. Beyond this analytical focus, his research interests also lie in critical, post-capitalism perspectives from the steady-state economy, post-growth and degrowth.