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Dr Joanna Depledge


Joanna Depledge is now an affiliated lecturer at POLIS. Between 2003 and 2009, she was Sutasoma Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College.

Her main research interest lies in international climate change politics, and the international climate change negotiations. She also works on global negotiation processes more generally, notably on the ozone depletion and international whaling regimes.

Joanna teaches and supervises on climate change for several courses at Cambridge, including on the Mphil in Fundamentals of International Environmental Law (Land Economy), and the MSt in International Relations (POLIS/Institute for Continuing Education). She is also a regular contributor to the journal Environmental Policy and Law on the climate change, ozone and International Whaling Commission (IWC) negotiations.

Joanna is a former staff member of the UN Climate Change Secretariat (1996-1998) and, up to 2002, continued to work for the Secretariat as a consultant, providing support to the negotiations and preparing public information products. She has also worked as a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, reporting on climate change, ozone and biodiversity meetings.

She holds a PhD from University College London, an MSc (with distinction) in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc (first class) in Geography from Cambridge University.

Research Interests

International climate change politics

Global negotiation processes, especially on climate change and ozone


  • Policy
  • Users and Consumers

Key Publications

Journal articles and book chapters