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Research interests

Paul’s research seeks to understand and explain policy processes by drawing on theories, ideas, and methods from political science, policy studies, public administration, sociology, network science, and discourse analysis. Paul’s research is largely conducted in collaboration with his global academic partners in the Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks project - an international and cross-national comparative research project that is investigating the causes of the variation in societal and governmental responses to climate change. Paul has also applied network methods to understand the structure and dynamics of tree plantation politics in South Africa.


Paul Wagner is a lecturer in Leadership and Management at Newcastle Business school at Northumbria University. Paul received his PhD from University College Dublin in 2016, where he investigated the role of discourses and networks in shaping Ireland’s national response to climate change. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Paul was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Paul has also worked as Research Associate at the Picker Institute and as a Research Analyst at Global Water Intelligence. 

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University College Dublin

Award Date: 17 Jun 2016

Economics, University College Dublin

Award Date: 10 Sep 2011


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