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Adam Byrne

PhD title: The Design, Implementation, and Influence of the UK Climate Change Act 2008

Supervisors: Prof. Mark Maslin and Prof. Andrew Barry




Adam's research focuses on the legal geography of the UK Climate Change Act 2008. He aims to shed light on the complex interplay between expertise, law, policy and politics, and to produce a greater understanding of the co-production of public policy on climate change in the United Kingdom.


The PhD has five areas of interest: 1) the making of the Climate Change Act 2) legal controversies surrounding national action on climate change 3) the influence of the Climate Change Act 4) the role of expertise and knowledge, and 5) understandings of the future.

This research is supported by ESRC-NERC.


Academic Qualifications

BSc with 1st Class Hons in Geography, University College London

Departmental Prizes:

1) Bill Mead Prize for Exam Results (2008)

2) Ron Cooke Essay Prize in Physical Geography (2010)

MA with Distinction in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London


Conferences Attended

Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2015

Paris Climate Change Conference (COP 21/CMP 11) - November 2015



Byrne, A. (2017) 'Trouble in the Air: Recent Developments under the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution', Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 26(3), pp 210–219. DOI: 10.1111/reel.12219 (OPEN ACCESS).

Byrne, A. (2016), 'Book review: S Jayakumar, Tommy Koh, Robert Beckman and Hao Duy Phan, Transboundary Pollution: Evolving Issues of International Law and Policy (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2015) 456 pp', Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 19(1), pp. 148-152. DOI: 10.4337/apjel.2016.01.07

Byrne, A. and Maslin, M. (2015), Negotiating failure: understanding the geopolitics of climate change. The Geographical Journal, 181(4), pp. 432–436. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12105 (OPEN ACCESS).

Byrne, A. (2015), 'The 1979 convention on long-range transboundary air pollution: assessing its effectiveness as a multilateral environmental regime after 35 years', Transnational Environmental Law 4(1), pp. 37-67. (OPEN ACCESS)



Byrne, A., 'Observing’ the Paris Climate Change Conference: In the shadow of the Copenhagen Accord in flower, UCL Environment Blog, Dec. 2015.