Hannes Stephan completed his PhD at Keele University in 2009 (on the cultural politics of genetically modified organisms).
Since then, he worked as a research fellow at Keele University and at Lund University, Sweden, joining the University of Stirling in 2012. He teaches three undergraduate environment-related modules, a postgraduate module on resource conflicts, and conducts research on environmental politics and energy politics/policy.
His current research examines low-carbon energy transitions through the lenses of energy security, energy justice, narrative politics/policy, and discourse coalitions, with a particular focus on unconventional gas extraction (shale gas).
He was a co-convenor of the Environmental Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) between 2011 and 2019.
Co-convenor, Environmental Politics Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
British International Studies Association (BISA)
Political Studies Association (PSA)
Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) Professional recognition for supporting learning and teaching in higher education
Member of Teaching Panel of the Education & Student Experience Committee (ESEC)
Stephan H (2020) Shaping the Scope of Conflict in Scotland's Fracking Debate: Conflict Management and the Narrative Policy Framework. Review of Policy Research, 37 (1), pp. 64-91. https://doi.org/10.1111/ropr.12365
Little G, Macdonald G & Stephan H (2018) The Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network in the Arts and Humanities Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland: Disciplinary and interdisciplinary reports, recommendations and research questions. University of Stirling.
Stephan H (2017) The Discursive Politics of Unconventional Gas in Scotland: Drifting Towards Precaution?. Energy Research and Social Science, 23, pp. 159-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.09.006
Stephan H (2016) Energy and Climate Policy: Synergies, Conflicts, and Co-Benefits. In: Heffron R & Little G (eds.) Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 581-586. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-delivering-energy-law-and-policy-in-the-eu-and-the-us.html
Stephan H (2015) Cultural Politics and the Transatlantic Divide over GMOs. Basingstoke: Palgrave. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/cultural-politics-and-the-transatlantic-divide-over-gmos-hannes-r-stephan/?isb=9780230284579
Jenkins K, McCauley DA, Heffron RJ & Stephan H (2014) Energy Justice, a Whole Systems Approach. Queen’s Political Review, II (2), pp. 74-87. https://queenspoliticalreview.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/article-5-energy-justice-a-whole-systems-approach-p74-87.pdf
Vogler J & Stephan H (2013) Governance Dimensions of Climate and Energy Security. In: Dyer H & Trombetta M (eds.) International Handbook of Energy Security. Elgar original reference. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 297-318. http://www.e-elgar.com/bookentry_main.lasso?id=15019
Stripple J & Stephan H (2013) Global Governance. In: Falkner R (ed.) Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 146-162. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118326213
Zelli F, Pattberg P, Stephan H & van Asselt H (2013) Global Climate Governance and Energy Choices. In: Goldthau A (ed.) Handbook of Global Energy Policy. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 340-357. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470672641,descCd-description.html
Falkner R, Stephan H & Vogler J (2010) International Climate Policy after Copenhagen: Towards a 'Building Blocks' Approach. Global Policy, 1 (3), pp. 252-262. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00045.x
Stephan H & Zelli F (2009) The Role of International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance. In: Europa Publications (ed.) The Environment Encyclopedia and Directory 2010. 5th ed. Environment Encyclopedia and Directory. London: Routledge, pp. 3-13. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781857433777/
Stephan H (2008) Cultural Context and International Environmental Co-operation: the Cartagena Protocol. In: Dasgupta R (ed.) Cultural Practices, Political Possibilities. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 233-259. http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Cultural-Practices--Political-Possibilities1-84718-477-4.htm
Vogler J & Stephan H (2007) The European Union in Global Environmental Governance: Leadership in the Making?. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 7 (4), pp. 389-413. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10784-007-9051-5
Stephan H & Zelli F (2007) International Organizations and the Global Environment. In: Okereke C (ed.) Politics of the Environment: A Survey. Europa Politics of ... Series. London: Routledge, pp. 52-70. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781857433418/
Green Politics in the Age of Climate Change (POLU9GP)
Environmental Politics in an International Context (POLU9EZ)
Political Economy and the Global Environment (POLU9GE)
Research Methods for Politics Dissertation (POLU9RM)
Climate Change, Human Security, and Resource Conflicts (ICCPP10)
ICCPP10 - Climate Change, Human Security, and Resource Conflicts This module examines the role of natural resources in violent and non-violent conflicts. Based on a series of country case studies, it seeks to assess the causes, processes, solutions and implications of ‘resource conflicts’ motivated by either scarcity or abundance of resources. It explores a diverse set of theoretical literatures associated with such conflicts from the perspectives of political science, international relations, peace and conflict studies, and development studies. In particular, it assesses resource conflicts from the perspective of equity, ethics and justice within the context of resource scarcity and accelerating climate change.
POLU9EZ (Environmental Politics in an International Context) This level 10 module is designed to survey the current literature and debate on the environment in International Relations. It combines conceptual and practical aspects of international environmental politics and encourages students to study in depth current issues such as – environmental security and sustainable development in the North and South; biodiversity, and tackling climate change.
POLU9GE (Political Economy and the Global Environment) This module examines global environmental affairs through the lens of political economy. Starting with an in-depth analysis of global sustainability and drawing on key concepts from environmental economics, it considers how different actors (individuals, states, international financial institutions (e.g. World Bank), NGOs, multinational corporations) shape the global market, determine resource consumption around the world, and contribute to environmental change and degradation. Against the background of economic globalisation and trade liberalisation, students will reflect on the prospects of a global sustainability transition from four different political-economic perspectives, namely market liberalism, institutionalism, bio-environmentalism, and social ecology.
POLU9GP (Green Politics in the Age of Climate Change) This module offers an in-depth study of green political thinking, green actors and their involvement in different political settings such as Scotland, the UK, Germany, USA and China. The module will cover the following themes: green concepts, ideologies and approaches; state and non-state actors and their role/ influence in environmental politics; comparing different political settings and their varying degrees of green policy integration.
POLU9RM (Research Methods in Politics) This module prepares students for undertaking a dissertation in Politics, International Politics or PPE. Students are introduced to research design, the literature review, and qualitative and quantitative approaches to analysing data.