Dr Joanna Depledge

Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)

Research Fellow, Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG), University of Cambridge, and Former Editor, Climate Policy Journal

Dr Joanna Depledge is a researcher, writer and observer of the international climate change negotiations. She is widely published on the climate change regime and other international environmental processes. She served as Editor of the Climate Policy journal from 2017 to end 2020, and before that as Deputy Editor.

Dr Depledge was previously an affiliated lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. Between 2003 and 2009, she was also Sutasoma Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College. Her main research interest lies in international climate change politics and the international climate change regime, notably its history and evolution over time. She has also worked on global negotiation processes more generally, notably on the ozone depletion and international whaling regimes.

Dr Depledge has taught and supervised 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).

Dr Depledge is a former staff member of the UN Climate Change Secretariat and has continued to work for the Secretariat as a consultant. In 2017, she curated the “Richard Kinley Gallery: the UNFCCC Story”, a unique exhibition at the UN Climate Change Secretariat’s headquarters documenting the history of the climate change negotiations. 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 in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc in Geography from the University of Cambridge.


  • In news articles

    The Crisis of the Anthropocene

    As part of the 2020 Christ's Climate Series, Professor Charlie Kennel posited that climate change is no longer simply a scientific or technological problem, but rather a global and societal phenomenon which he described as “the crisis of the Anthropocene.”

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    How has Paris 2015 changed the landscape and rhetoric surrounding climate change?

    In the first seminar of this series, CSaP Visiting Research Fellow, Professor Charles Kennel introduced two speakers who shared their thoughts on how Paris 2015 had changed the landscape and rhetoric surrounding climate change.