Claire Dupont

Dr. Claire Dupont (née Roche Kelly)

Senior Researcher Environment & Sustainable Development
+32 499 15 66 91

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Claire Dupont is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies and the Political Science department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is one of two leading postdoctoral researchers of the EDGE programme on Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe.

Claire's main research focus is on climate and energy policy, and on how the democratic decision-making procedures can tackle the complex, global problem of climate change. Her research has focused mainly on the level of the EU, but with insights from multi-level and international governance also. She examines EU internal and external energy policy and diplomacy from the perspective of achieving long-term climate policy objectives and ensuring the EU decarbonises its economy by 2050. Beyond the specific empirical analyses, she assesses the potential for concepts like 'policy integration' to improve the quality of policymaking.

Since 2015, Claire has developing a new research agenda on political representation as a potential route to ensuring climate change policy is sufficiently robust to preserve the planet for 'voiceless' but 'affected' populations and future generations. She is, thus, engaging in research on the links between justice and mechanisms of political representation.

In 2013, Claire successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled Climate Policy Integration into EU energy policy. In her PhD, Claire examined the extent to which climate policy integration is evident across three EU energy policies (namely, renewable energy policy, energy performance of buildings policy and policies in support of external gas infrastructure) between 2000 and 2010. Using a 2050 benchmark, she found that even the best cases of climate policy integration showed insufficient ambition to achieve long-term and scientifically grounded climate objectives. Claire set about trying to explain these insufficiencies with reference to a number of explanatory variables derived from and inspired by literature on environmental policy integration and European integration theories. One general finding of her PhD research is that the nature of the functional interrelations between the energy policy being negotiated and the long-term climate policy objectives may not always be recognised by policymakers in the policy process, rendering the inclusion of climate policy objectives challenging. In addition, Claire found that even as EU climate and energy policy measures become more stringent, the final level of ambition falls short of requirements to combat climate change. As the time frame to 2050 closes, the EU engages in constant "catch-up governance", with new policies trying to improve on the failings of previous policies without breaking the mould or advancing sufficiently.

Some of Claire's previous research work includes examining the leadership role of the EU in international climate policy, assessing the role of the European Council and the Council of Ministers in promoting this leadership role for the EU, and analysing the interaction between the international climate and international ozone regimes in the area of fluorinated gases.

Claire also regularly attends international conferences and seminars, has been an invited keynote speaker in Brussels and in Tallinn, teaches for IES Master courses (using multiple and innovative teaching methods), provides guest lectures at many partner universities in Belgium and (co-)supervises Masters and PhD students working on topics linked to her research interests.

Claire has been a member of the IES team since 2008, when she moved to Brussels to join the environmental and sustainable development research cluster.

Profile and Publications

 


Books

  • DUPONT, Claire. 2016. Climate Policy Integration into EU Energy Policy: Progress and Prospects. London: Routledge. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian (eds.). 2015. Decarbonization in the European Union: Internal Policies and External Strategies. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. Link

Chapters

  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür. 2015. “The European Union”. In Bäckstrand, Karin and Eva Lövbrand (eds.), Research handbook on climate governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 224-236.
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. “Introduction.” In Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Decarbonization in the EU: internal policies and external strategies. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-24.
  • BOASSON, Elin Lerum & DUPONT, Claire. 2015. “Buildings: good intentions unfulfilled”. In Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Decarbonization in the EU: internal policies and external strategies. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 137-158.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2015. “Decarbonization and EU relations with the Caspian Sea Region.” In Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Decarbonization in the EU: internal policies and external strategies. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 180-200.
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2015. “Conclusions: lessons learned.” In Dupont, Claire and Sebastian Oberthür (eds.), Decarbonization in the EU: internal policies and external strategies. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 244-265.
  • BIEDENKOPF, Katja & DUPONT, Claire. 2013. "A toolbox approach to the EU's external climate governance". In Boening, Astrid, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon, (eds.), Global Power Europe. Volume one: theoretical and institutional approaches to the EU's external relations, pp. 181-199. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian, DUPONT, Claire & MATSUMOTO, Yasuki (University of Tokyo). 2011. "Managing Policy Contradictions between the Montreal and Kyoto Protocols: The Case of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases". In Sebastian Oberthür and Olav Schram Stokke, (eds.), Managing Institutional Complexity. Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 115-141.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2011. "Climate Policy Integration in the EU". In Walter Leal Filho (ed.) The Economic, Social and Political Elements of Climate Change. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 385-404.
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & DUPONT, Claire. 2011. "The Council, the European Council and international climate policy: from symbolic leadership to leadership by example". In Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel and James Connelly (eds.), The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 74-91.
  • ROCHE KELLY, Claire, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & PALLEMAERTS, Marc (Université Libre de Bruxelles). 2010. "Introduction." The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal Legislation and Climate Diplomacy. Brussels: VUB Press, pp. 11-25.

Conference Papers

  • DUPONT, Claire. 2016. The Energy Union Promoting Climate Policy Integration? Paper presented at UACES conference, London, September 2016
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2016. Understanding Catch-Up Governance in EU Climate and Energy Policy, paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions, Pisa, April 2016
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & DUPONT, Claire. 2015. "The Council and the European Council: Stuck halfway to transformational leadership?", Paper presented at University of Hull, September 2015, for workshop: 'Still leading? The EU in international climate policy'.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2014. "EU external gas relations: climate, energy, rights and freedom". Paper presented at the Earth System Governance conference, Norwich, UK, July 2014.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2014. "EU external natural gas relations: bringing climate change into relations with the Caspian". Paper presented at the EU in International Affairs conference, Brussels, Belgium, May 2014.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2014. "Long-term objectives and short-term inadequacies in EU climate and energy policies". Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 2014.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2014. "Geopolitics of decarbonisation: EU decarbonisation ambitions and relations with the Caspian Sea Region". Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 2014.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2013. "EU-Caspian gas relations: what about decarbonisation?" Paper presented at the UACES Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies conference, Leeds, September 2013.
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2012. "Insufficient Climate Policy Integration in EU Energy Policy: renewable energy and energy performance of buildings policies". Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, USA, April 2012.
  • DUPONT, Claire & PRIMOVA, Radostina. 2011. "Combating Governance Complexity: the integration of EU climate and energy policies". Paper presented at the World International Studies Committee Conference, Porto, Portugal, August 2011.
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2011. "Insufficient Climate Policy Integration in EU Energy Policy: the importance of the long-term perspective". Paper presented at the Earth Systems Governance Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, May 2011.
  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2011. "Climate Policy Integration into EU Energy Policy: achievements and driving forces". Paper presented (by Sebastian Oberthür) at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, March 2011.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2010. "Political commitment to climate policy integration in the EU: the case of biodiversity policy." Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research Graduate Conference, Dublin, Ireland, August-September 2010.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2010. "Climate Policy Integration in the EU: Enhancing Synergies between Climate and Biodiversity Policies?" Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, February 2010.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2009. "Climate Policy Integration at EU Level: the Case of Climate Policy Integration into the EU's Biodiversity Policy." Paper presented at the Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, 2-4 December 2009.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2009. "Climate Policy Integration in the EU." Paper presented at online Klima2009 conference, www.climate2009.net, November 2009.
  • ROCHE KELLY, Claire. 2009. "Climate Policy Integration in the EU: Climate and Biodiversity Policy." Paper presented at "Between Scylla and Charybdis" conference, University of Loughborough, UK, 19 September 2009.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • DUPONT, Claire & OBERTHÜR, Sebastian. 2012. "Insufficient climate policy integration in EU energy policy: the importance of the long-term perspective". Journal of Contemporary European Research, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 228-247. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire & PRIMOVA, Radostina. 2011. "Combating complexity: the integration of EU climate and energy policies". In: Tosun, Jale, and Israel Solorio (eds.) Energy and Environment in Europe: Assessing a Complex Relationship, European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Special Mini-Issue 1, Vol. 15, Article 8. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & ROCHE KELLY, Claire. 2008. "EU Leadership in International Climate Policy: Achievements and Challenges." International Spectator, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 35-50. Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • DUPONT, Claire. 2013. "Climate Policy Integration into EU Energy Policy". PhD thesis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2013. "Book review. Bryner, Gary, 2012. Integrating Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution Policies". Environment and Planning C – Government and Policy, vol. 31, no. 2, p. 378.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2012. "Book review. Massai, Leonardo, 2011. European Climate and Clean Energy Law and Policy." Carbon and Climate Law Review, vol. 2, pp. 175-177.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2012. "Book Review. Dankelmann, Irene (ed.) 2010. Gender and Climate Change: an Introduction." Global Environmental Politics, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 128-129.
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2010. "Political Commitment to Climate Policy Integration at EU Level: The Case of Biodiversity Policy". Edinburgh Europa Paper Series 2010/05. Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • DUPONT, Claire. 2016. 'When Decarbonisation Meets Disinformation: EU-Russia Energy Relations'. IES Policy Brief, 15/2016. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire & TRAUNER, Florian. 2016. 'Introducing the IES Brexit Project' IES Policy Brief 4/2016. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire, GROEN, Lisanne, OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & SORIA RODRIGUEZ, Carlos. 2016. 'The UK in EU Environmental Policy: Common Responses to Common Problems.' IES Policy Brief 10/2016. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2014. "EU climate and energy policy: hope for more and better climate policy integration?" IES Policy Brief 2/2014. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2012. "EU 2020 Renewable Energy Goals Insufficient". IES Policy Brief, 1/2012. Link

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • DUPONT, Claire. 2015. Dupont, Claire. 2015. "Q&A with Claire Dupont, author of 'Climate Policy Integration into EU Energy Policy: Progress and Prospects'." Routledge Environment and Sustainability blog. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2015. Dupont, Claire. 2015. "Coherent Policy More Important Than Ever: The Paris Summit and Climate Policy Integration." Environmental Europe? Analysing Policy and Practice blog. Link
  • OBERTHÜR, Sebastian & DUPONT, Claire. 2015. "Paris climate conference: why the EU should redouble its efforts to reach full decarbonisation." LSE EUROPP blog. Link
  • DUPONT, Claire. 2012. "Leading or muddling through? The EU and Durban." Ideas on Europe blog. Link