Dr Karen Anderton
  • Visiting Research Associate

About

Karen holds a LLB (Hons) in Law and International Politics (2002) from Keele University and an MSc (with Distinction) in Environment and Development (2003) from the University of Reading. Karen completed her DPhil thesis "Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars", at TSU in January 2012. She has been engaged in two research projects since then: TRANSFORuM and SPREE and recently started working on 'Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport'. Karen has been working on environmental issues for well over a decade and focused on climate change issues since 2003, working for international organisations including The Climate Group, Sustainable Energy Action, the Environment Investigation Agency and the Living Earth Foundation. Her primary research focus is on investigating and understanding the organisational governance and policy implementation processes necessary to decarbonise the transport sector and understanding the societal change required to deliver low carbon transport at various scales. In 2014, she was recognised as a World Social Science Fellow by the International Social Science Council and is also a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance network. In addition to her research activities, Karen has been an independent climate change and environmental consultant since 2007 and has managed/contributed to several projects for various international public, private, academic and non-profit clients. Until July 2015, Karen was also on the board of trustees at Climate Outreach.

Current Research

Karen's research interests include: organisational governance; policy diffusion and innovation; policy implementation processes; theories of leadership; transport policy; climate change adaptation and mitigation policy. Her current activities in these areas include:

1. Engaging stakeholders on EU long term transport policy objectives

This is a new EU-funded research project from February 2013. The project, TRANSFORuM aims to contribute to the transformation process that will required to implement the following four key goals laid out in the 2011 EU White Paper on Transport:

  • Clean Urban Transport and CO2-free city logistics (goal 1)
  • Shift of road freight to rail and waterborne transport (goal 3)
  • Complete and maintain the European high-speed rail network (goal 4)
  • European multimodal information, management and payment system (goal 8)

It will do so by engaging key actors in a stakeholder forum in order to determine bottleneck factors, the need for policy interventions and to identify options for synergistic co-operation among them. Karen is leading the work package "Transformation is possible!" which will gather information demonstrating where action has been taken that would deliver against the White Paper goals. This research will be used by TSU to develop case studies to inform the wider activities of the entire Consortium over the project's lifetime.

2. Policy options for a resource-efficient economy in the mobility sector

This is a new EU-funded research project from July 2012. The project, entitled Servicing Policies for a Resource-Efficient Economy (SPREE), aims to identify potential servicing policies and simulate their effect on absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource use, while achieving societal benefits. SPREE is dedicated to promoting the implementation of servicing systems in three different sectors by utilising an agent-based modelling approach: water, mobility and agrifood. Karen will be involved in the constructing of a conceptual framework for servicing options in the mobility sector that can be empirically tested in global cities.

3. Exploring the UK Electric Vehicle governance landscape

As a part of the Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport (ICERT), Karen's research involves investigating the policy and governance dynamics around various technical solutions in cutting the greenhouse gases emitted by road transport. The research aims to define what is needed to deliver practical, low carbon transport and the current initiatives being undertaken in the UK context to deliver this.

Teaching

Karen currently teaches on the undergraduate courses at the School of Geography and the Environment and postgraduate courses at the Department of Continuing Education.

Her previous teaching includes:

  • Tutor: JYA for Princeton University, Worcester College, Oxford University (International Environmental Politics and Ethics), Trinity Term 2014.
  • Tutor: Sarah Lawrence Programme Wadham College, Oxford University (International Environmental Policy), Hilary Term 2014.
  • Contributor: Oxford Leadership Programme: Global Challenges in Transport, Oxford University. 2013-2014.
  • Lecturer/Tutor: Advanced Diploma in Environmental Conservation, Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University. (International Climate Law And Policy and Environmental Politics). 2013-2014.
  • Guest Lecturer: MSc Renewable Energy - Sustainable Urban Systems (Sustainable Transport), University of Reading. 2013-2015.
  • Lecturer: Sustainable Development - Public Policy Leadership, Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University. 2012.
  • Contributor: MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, SoGE, Oxford University. 2012.
  • Tutor: The Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies (OPUS) Hertford College, Oxford University. (Urban Studies), Trinity Term 2012.
  • Lecturer/Tutor: BSc (Hons.), Geography (Transport Governance), SoGE, Oxford University, 2011-2015.
  • Tutor: Sarah Lawrence Programme Wadham College (international geographies of climate change), Oxford University. Michaelmas Term 2011.
  • Lecturer and Supervisor: MSc Sustainable Urban Development (transport and sustainability), Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University. 2011-15.
  • Lecturer: Peking University Summer School at Hertford College (International Environmental Policy), July 2010.
  • Tutor: Lady Margaret Hall (Climate Law and Policy), Oxford University. Trinity Term 2009.

Outreach

  • Ongoing: Energy Community Leader, Sofoi Network
  • Ongoing: Associate, Urban Foresight
  • Ongoing: Member of Henley in Transition Transport Project Steering Committee
  • February 2013: Speaker at Keele University World Festival, "Dealing with climate change: the world's most complex policy problem?"
  • January 2013: Seminar at University of Tokyo, "Mapping the UK low emission vehicle policy landscape"

Publications

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

DPhil Thesis

  • Anderton, K. (2012) Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars, (D.Phil. thesis: Oxford Research Archive).

Reports

  • Akyelken, N. and Anderton, K. (2015) UK Mobility Report. European Commission. Deliverable 7.2 of the Servicizing Policy for a Resource Efficient Economy (SPREE) - Funded by the European Commission 7th RTD Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • TRANSFORuM Consortium (2015) TRANSFORuM - The Essence. 62pp. Funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Anderton, K., Åkerman, J., Brand, R., Chèze, C., Leiren, M.D., Gudmundsson, H., Cornet, Y., Guihéry, L., Kressler, F., Reichenbach, M. and Schippl, J. (2015) Strategic Outlook. 26pp. Deliverable 6.3 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Schippl, J., Reichenbach, M, Guihéry, L. and Anderton, K. (2015) Recommendations on Joint Actions across Thematic Areas. 32pp. Deliverable 6.2. of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Anderton, K. (2014) Transformation is possible! Good practice in the context of the EU Transport White Paper. 60pp. Deliverable 5.2 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Anderton, K, Czermański, E., Debicka, O., Dotterud Leiren, M., Hrebicek, Z., Krogstad, J., Oniszczuk-Jastrzabek, A., Wisnicki, B. and Vesela, J. (2014) Case study repository. 120pp. Deliverable 5.1 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Gudmundsson, H., Schippl, J., Leiren, M., Brand, R., Sørensen, C.H., Anderton, K. and Reichenbach, M. (2014) TRANSFORuM Roadmap Urban Transport. 72pp. Deliverable 6.2 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Åkerman, J., Schippl, J., Nelldal, B.L., Czermanski, E., Vesela, J., Edelmann, M., Schotte, D., Reichenbach, M. and Anderton, K. (2014) TRANSFORuM Roadmap Long-distance Freight. 68pp. Deliverable 6.2 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Crozet, Y., Chèze, C., Guihéry, L., Reichenbach, M., Desmaris, C., Anderton, K., Krejčí, L. and Hřebíček, Z. (2014) TRANSFORuM Roadmap High-speed Rail. 52pp. Deliverable 6.2 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Kressler, F., Reichenbach, M., Weiss, L., Anderton, K., Pipa, M., Ščerba, M., Bárta, D. and Švé- doová, Z. (2014) TRANSFORuM Roadmap Multimodal Transport Information, Management and Payment Systems. 48pp. Deliverable 6.2 of TRANSFORuM - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.
  • Akyelken, N., Anderton, K., Kaufman, D., Plepys, A. and Mont, O. (2013) Mobility Sector Report. 110pp. Deliverable 5.1 of SPREE - funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. Oxford, UK.

Non-Academic

  • Banister, D., Anderton, K., Macmillen, J., Neves, A. and Schwanen, T. (2013) Supported Transport Programme Evidence Base. Prepared by Transport Studies Unit for Oxfordshire County Council.
  • Anderton, K. (2013) Los Angeles Case Study in The Global Report on Human Settlements 2013: Sustainable Urban Transport, UN Habitat.
  • Anderton, K. (2013) Is car-sharing becoming big business? Blog: Spree, March.
  • Anderton, K. (2013) Los Angeles Case Study. In The Global Report on Human Settlements 2013: Sustainable Urban Transport, UN Habitat.
  • Anderton, K. (2012) Olympic Transport Challenge: London may not be able to withstand up to 3 million more transport users a day. Blog: British Politics and Policy at LSE.
  • Anderton, K. (2012) ClimSat - providing free satellite images of climate vulnerable areas to 50 global communities. Nexus for ICTs, Climate Change and Development (NICCD).
  • Anderton, K. and Jack, K. (2011) Green behaviour change: a case study of Eco Concierge. In, D. Bartlett (ed.) Going Green: The Psychology of Sustainability in the Workplace, The British Psychological Society, pp. 76-83.
  • Anderton, K., Willoughby, L. and Kenber, M. (2008) Cars in the Commonwealth: reducing the climate impact of passenger transport. Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book, Henley Media Group, pp. 92-95.
  • Anderton, K. (2006) „HANDELN!" Gespräch mit Fabian Nuäez, Sprecher des kalifornischen Parlaments, über die neuen Klimagesetze, KLIMAWANDEL-Neue Ziele. Neue Allianzen. Neue Politik, Das Magazin Böll.Thema, Ausgabe 3.

Selected Conference Papers/Presentations

  • 2015: Anderton, K. and Setzer, J. Transnational climate change leadership: comparing São Paulo and California, Novel Approaches to Climate Governance and the role of Entrepreneurship, meeting organized by the COST Action "Innovations in Climate Governance" (INOGOV), VU Amsterdam, 18-19 May.
  • 2015: Anderton, K. and Beeton, D. Local measures to encourage the widespread uptake of low emission vehicles: learning from the UK and global good practice, Europe EVS28 KINTEX, Korea, 3-6 May.
  • 2015: Gudmundsson, H., Schippl, J., Anderton, K., Leiren, M.D., Sørensen, C.H., Brand, R. A Covenant Of Halflings? Developing a Roadmap for the European Urban Transport Goal, WCTR SIG G3 Conference, Valletta, Malta, 13-14 April.
  • 2015: Anderton, K. Guest Speaker, Blavatnik School of Government Seminar on Subnational Governments, 11 March.
  • 2014: Anderton, K. Plenary Speaker, Climate Solutions for the Transportation Business Conference in Oslo, at the invitation of the British, French and German Embassies and the Norwegian Confederation of Business in Norway, 24 November.
  • 2014: Anderton, K and Setzer, J. Transnational climate change leadership: comparing California and São Paulo, 2014 Amsterdam Conference "Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance", 20 November.
  • 2014: Anderton, K. and Palmer, J. Exploring the unintended consequences of EU biofuel policy, ECPR General Conference 2014, University of Glasgow, 3-6 September.
  • 2014: Anderton, K. and Akyelken, N. Servicizing in Mobility, Services for Sustainability Conference, Brussels, 3 April.
  • 2014: Anderton, K. Transnational Policy Diffusion: South-North and South-South knowledge-sharing from sustainable transport policy, Transport Studies Unit Seminar, Oxford, UK, 22 Jan.
  • 2014: Anderton, K. and Leiren, M.D. Transformation is possible! Comparing Norwegian and UK experiences of delivering an electric vehicle infrastructure, 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance on "Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene", University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 1-3 July.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. Understanding the significance of strategy-action deficit as a governance barrier to successful decarbonisation, Policy and Politics 2013, Bristol, UK, 17-18 September.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. Results and analysis of Henley Transport Project 2013, Presentation at Henley Town Hall, 9 July.
  • 2013: Akyelken, N. and Anderton, K. Changing the Rules of the Game: What is yours is mine! Social aspects of sharing practices in mobility. ICEIRD 2013, Istanbul, Turkey, 20-21 June.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. and Akyelken, N. Moving towards a resource efficient mobility sector through servicizing, Nectar 2013 Conference: "Dynamics of Global and Local Networks", São Miguel, Azores, Portugal, 16-18 June.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. TRANSFORuM, Transport Studies Unit Seminar, Oxford, UK, 15 May.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. and Boyd, E. AdMit it: climate change responses can be systematic and successful; but require more collaborative governance systems, 1st European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, University of Hamburg, Germany, 18-20 March.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. Dealing with climate change: the world's most complex policy problem?, Lecture at Keele University World Festival, 28 February.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. Mapping the UK low emission vehicle policy landscape, Seminar at University of Tokyo, 28 January.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. and Schroeder, H. Transnational policy diffusion - examples of South-North and South-South knowledge-sharing from sustainable transport policy, Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents, United Nations University Head Quarters, Tokyo, Japan, 28-31 January.
  • 2013: Anderton, K. Mapping the UK low emission vehicle policy landscape, 45th Annual UTSG Conference, University of Oxford, UK 2-4 January.
  • 2012: Anderton, K. Understanding the influence of sub-national government in EU policy development and implementation: Bavaria and Cars and CO2, Regional Studies Association Research Network: Understanding Regional Innovation Policy Dynamics: Actors, Agency and Learning Workshop -Innovation Policy Evaluation as a Tool for Policy Learning in Dynamic, Complex and Multilevel Policy Systems, San Sebastian, Spain, 29-30 November.
  • 2012: Anderton, K. Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars, Transport Studies Unit Seminar, Oxford, UK, 17 October.
  • 2012: Anderton, K. Fragmented decision-making: governance barriers to decarbonising transport, Regional Studies Association European Conference, Delft, Holland, 13-16 May.
  • 2012: Anderton, K. Sub-national governance: reducing the climate impact of cars, Lund Conference on Earth System Governance, Sweden, 18-20 April.
  • 2012: Anderton, K. Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars, UEA Knowledge Gaps Ph. D Conference, Norwich, UK, 11-13 April.
  • 2011: Anderton, K. Examining sub-national governance: interaction and collaboration, AAG Annual Conference, Seattle, USA, 12-16 April.
  • 2010: Anderton, K. Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars. Preliminary Findings, Regional Studies Association, Winter Conference 2010, Regions and the Environment, The London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre, London, UK , 26 November.
  • 2010: Anderton, K. Interaction and collaboration in reducing transport-related emissions: an examination of sub-national governance, Quality, Regulation and Environmental Sustainability in Public Transport , NECTAR - Cluster Meeting 2 - Rome, Italy, 22-23 October.
  • 2010: Anderton, K. Sub-national government responses to reducing the climate impact of cars, Preliminary Findings, Theorising Climate Governance, Ph.D. Workshop, Durham University, UK, 29 September.
  • 2009: Anderton, K. The Future of Sub-national Climate Change Governance: First Mover Advantage or End of the Road? 2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, The Netherlands, 2-4 December.
  • 2009: Anderton, K. Dealing with Climate Change - The Need for Organisational Integration: An Examination of California's Senate Bill 375, 1st Transatlantic NECTAR Conference, Arlington, USA, 18-20 June.