PSI seminar, 24 February: Oscar Fitch-Roy on EU climate policymaking

Wednesday 24 February, 3pm-4pm

Room M214, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Oscar Fitch-Roy

Oscar Fitch-Roy
Oscar Fitch-Roy

For the launch of the 2016 PSI seminar series, Oscar Fitch-Roy will be discussing power and influence in EU climate change policy. His work looks at how the agenda (or range of options) for the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework was influenced by various actors and interests in business, civil society and the Commission services. Among other things, he aims to develop a clear idea of what successful EU climate and energy lobbying looks like – the current thinking being that a big part of it is how actors deploy their resources to try and get their way. A driving hypothesis is that the most successful actors are more skilful at building diverse coalitions (formal and informal), and building then disseminating a narrative that frames the problems facing the EU policymakers in a way that favours their own preferred policy response. In short, the cleverest, most politically astute and best organised tend to do well, and whilst richness in resources can often help, it can also constrain their ability to move fast and innovate.

Oscar Fitch-Roy is a PhD candidate in the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group. Before beginning his PhD in 2014, Oscar worked as a senior energy policy consultant for consultancy, DNV GL. Working on real-world policy issues for governments, companies and NGOs across Europe and elsewhere gave him an insight into the contested nature of energy policy and led him to want to explore the political dimension of this important area in more depth. Before working on energy issues, Oscar worked in marketing and communications. He is currently also a researcher on the AURES project – a European research project on practical auction design for renewable energy and has recently published on the topic of European offshore wind energy governance.

Please note the time of this seminar is later than the usual 1pm due to travel arrangements. Refreshments will be provided, and the talk will be followed by an opportunity for informal discussion. All are welcome – please RSVP to Tom Watson to indicate your attendance.