The Law and Politics of Ecocide

This project assesses current proposals to introduce ecocide as an indictable crime in the International Criminal Court in Rome and uses the findings to advise regional and national policy makers in Westminster and in the Scottish and Catalan Parliaments.

  • A research report testing the robustness of the current proposals will be published in Spring 2024.
  • A special issue of the journal Environmental Politics titled ‘The Politics of Ecocide’ will be published in late 2024. 
In collaboration with: Ignasi Bernat, University of Barcelona and Rob Knox, University of Liverpool, and with the Catalan political party, Candidatura d’Unitat Popular.

The project is funded by the Queen Mary University of London Impact Fund.

We helped draft Baroness Rosie Boycott’s Ecocide Bill, currently in Parliament.

We coordinated a joint response to Monica Lennon MSP’s proposal for an Ecocide law in Scotland from 5 organisations.


Working For Climate Justice

This project proposes new forms of trade union power and industrial bargaining strategies that are necessary to achieve the greening of the economy.

The project is organised around a major one-day conference held in October 2023 and a report for the Institute of Employment Rights Working for Climate Justice.


In collaboration with: Ben Crawford, LSE and the Institute of Employment Rights.

The project is funded by:

Carbon Profiteers

This project looks behind the corporate veil to follow the money that is made from fossil fuel production in Britain’s largest oil and gas companies, BP and Shell.   

Two reports (‘Carbon Cash Machine‘, August 2023 and ‘Beyond Divestment‘, October 2023) documented how much earnings BP and Shell shareholders have accumulated since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and analysed investment patterns in those companies to better understand the challenges facing fossil fuel divestment campaigns. 

In collaboration with:

Haiti: Environmental Disasters, Violence and Just Recovery

Over the past two decades Haiti has experienced several climate-related and environmental disasters, after which state, private, and non-governmental actors have assumed a dominant role in disaster relief and recovery. This project examines the state-capital-humanitarian nexus in determining the shape of disaster recovery, as well as its detrimental impacts on Haitian communities, especially in terms of (re)displacement and land dispossession. Its findings will be published in the forthcoming book Humanitarian Crimes: Disasters, Dispossession and Resistance 

Led by Angela Sherwood, Queen Mary University

British Climate Diplomacy 1972-2021

This project will, for the first time, uncover British government efforts to lobby and influence international climate treaties over the past half century. It will access previously un-published official documents in order to make uncover the secret history of Britain’s climate diplomacy. 

In collaboration with Andrew Moretta, University of Liverpool.
The project is funded by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Public Engagement Fund.