School of Social and Political Science

Elizabeth Bomberg

Job Title

Professor of Environmental Politics

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Room number

3.06

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

Qualifications

BA, California State University; MA and PhD, University of California

Elizabeth Bomberg was educated in California before moving to Britain. She has taught at several Universities in the UK and US and has held research posts in Brussels and at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research interests include comparative environmental politics and policy, climate change activism, shale governance and US politics.

Current responsibilities

Elizabeth is Deputy Head of Politics and IR, Programme Co-Director for the MSc Global Environment, Politics and Society, and Edinburgh Lead on UNA Europa Sustainability Self-Steering Committee

Teaching expertise

Elizabeth has a keen interest in teaching methods, approaches and innovation. She is recipient of the University's Student Association's teaching award as well as the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme, the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, and the national Political Studies Association Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her core teaching covers Environmental Politics, US Politics, EU Politics and Sustainable Development.

Elizabeth also helps coordinate PIR’s expanding initiatives to widen participation and has a list of suggestions for strengthening the links between teaching and research.

Research interests

Elizabeth's primary research activity falls into the broad area of comparative environmental politics, with particular substantive emphasis on activism, climate change, shale politics and community energy, and a geographic focus on Scotland, the UK , the EU and the US. Her monographs, edited textbook, and several journal articles and chapters investigate environmental politics and policymaking in these different polities.

Along with colleague Nicola McEwen, Elizabeth led a UKERC-funded project on grassroots mobilization and energy governance in Scotland (EnGAGE). She was Co-I on a major AHRC–funded study of faith-based activism and climate change, joining a multi-disciplinary team from Divinity, Economic and Social History, Philosophy and Geography.

Research interests

Research interests

Environment, climate change politics, US politics, shale governance, community energy

Topics interested in supervising

Environmental politics and politics; climate politics and activism; community energy; shale governance; religion and environment; EU or US environmental policy; comparative environmental politics; NGOs, multilevel governance and environment.

If you are interested in being supervised by Elizabeth Bomberg, please see the link below for more information:

Staff Hours and Guidance

My guidance hours in 2019-20 are Tuesdays, 2-4pm.

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Bomberg E. The 2020 US Election and its climate consequences. Environmental Politics. 2021 Jul;30(5):854-862. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2021.1920769
Bomberg E. The environmental legacy of President Trump. Policy Studies. 2021 May 16. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2021.1922660
Bomberg E. US environmental politics under Trump: Domestic and global implications. Political Insight. 2020 Mar 1;11(1):38-40. https://doi.org/10.1177/2041905820911749
Porter S, Reay D, Bomberg E, Higgins P. Avoidable food losses and associated production-phase greenhouse gas emissions arising from application of cosmetic standards to fresh fruit and vegetables in Europe and the UK. Journal of Cleaner Production. 2018 Nov 10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.079
Bomberg E, Hague A. Faith-based climate action in the Christian congregations: Mobilization and spiritual resources. Local Environment. 2018 May;23(5):582-596. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2018.1449822
Porter S, Reay D, Bomberg E, Higgins P. Production-phase greenhouse gas emissions arising from deliberate withdrawal and destruction of fresh fruit and vegetables under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. Science of the Total Environment. 2018 Mar 28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.089
Kidwell J, Ginn F, Northcott M, Bomberg E, Hague A. Christian climate care: Slow change, modesty and eco-theo-citizenship. Geo: Geography and Environment. 2018;5(2):1-18. e00059. https://doi.org/10.1002/geo2.59
Bomberg E. ‘Trump’s First 100 Days: The Curious Case for Climate Optimism'. 2017. 1 p.
Bomberg E. Environmental politics in the Trump era: An early assessment. Environmental Politics. 2017 May 30;1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2017.1332543
Bomberg E. Fracking and framing in Transatlantic perspective: A comparison of shale politics in the US and European Union. Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 2017 Jan 10;15(2):1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794012.2016.1268789
Bomberg E. Shale we drill? Discourse dynamics in UK fracking debates. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 2017 Jan 2;19(1):72-88. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2015.1053111
Porter S, Reay D, Higgins P, Bomberg E. A half-century of production-phase greenhouse gas emissions from food loss & waste in the global food supply chain. Science of the Total Environment. 2016 Nov 15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.041
Bomberg E. Greening the state, American style. In Bäckstrand K, Annica K, editors, Rethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance Towards Climate and Sustainability Transitions . Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 2015. p. 122-137. (Routledge Studies in Sustainability). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315761978
Small M, Stern P, Bomberg E, Christopherson S, Goldstein BD, Israel AL et al. Risks and Risk Governance in Unconventional Shale Development. Environmental Science and Technology. 2014 Jul 1;48(15):8289-97. https://doi.org/10.1021/es502111u
Bomberg E. Governing shale gas development : The European Experience: Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy Report, CLOSUP Series. Gerald Ford School of Public Policy. 2014.
McEwen N, Bomberg E. Sub-State Climate Pioneers: The Case of Scotland. Regional & Federal Studies. 2014;24(1):63-85. https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2013.820182
Haggett C, Creamer E, Harnmeijer J, Parsons M, Bomberg E. Community Energy in Scotland: the Social Factors for Success. Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, 2013. 25 p.
Bomberg E. Moving beyond the impasse: climate change activism in the US and the EU. In Meadowcroft J, Langhelle O, Ruud A, editors, Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development: Moving Beyond the Impasse. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 2013. p. 123-44
Bomberg E, McEwen N. Mobilizing Community Energy. Energy Policy. 2012 Dec;51(December 2012):435-444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.08.045
Peterson J, Bomberg E, Corbett R, (ed.). The European Union: How Does it Work? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Bomberg E. Mind the (Mobilization) Gap: Comparing Climate Activism in the United States and European Union. Review of Policy Research. 2012;29(3):408-430. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-1338.2012.00566.x
Bomberg E. Governance for sustainable development: The United States and the European Union compared. In Schreurs MA, Selin H, VanDeveer SD, editors, Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics: Comparative and International Perspectives. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2009. p. 21-40. (Global Environmental Governance).
Bomberg E, Super B. The 2008 US Presidential Election: Obama and the Environment. Environmental Politics. 2009;18(3):424-430. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644010902823782
Bomberg E, Schlosberg D, (ed.). Environmentalism in the US: Changing Conceptions of Activism. Routledge, 2008. 169 p.
Bomberg E, Schlosberg D. US Environmentalism in Comparative Perspective. Environmental Politics. 2008;17(2):337-48. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644010801936263
Schlosberg D, Bomberg E. Perspectives on American Environmentalism. Environmental Politics. 2008;17(2):187-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644010801936073
Bomberg E, Stubb A, Peterson J. Conclusion. In Bomberg E, Peterson J, Stubb A, editors, The European Union: How Does It Work?. Oxford University Press. 2008. p. 222-234
Bomberg E, Stubb A, Peterson J. Introduction. In Bomberg E, Peterson J, Stubb A, editors, The European Union: How Does It Work?. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008. p. 3-21
Bomberg E, Stubb A. The EU's Institutions. In Bomberg E, Peterson J, Stubb A, editors, The European Union: How Does It Work?. Oxford University Press. 2008. p. 45-70
Bomberg E. ‘Policy Learning in an Enlarged European Union: Environmental NGOs and New Policy Instruments’. Journal of European Public Policy. 2007;14(2):248-68.
Bomberg E, Carter N. Greens in Brussels: Shaping or shaped? European Journal of Political Research. 2006 Oct;45(Issue Supplement s1):S99-S125. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6765.2006.00651.x
Bomberg E. Adapting form to function?: From economic to sustainable development governance in the European Union’. In Lafferty W, editor, Governance for Sustainable Development : The Challenge of Adapting Form to Function . Edward Elgar, (Cheltenham). 2004. p. 61-94 https://doi.org/10.4337/9781845421700.00011
Cram L, Bomberg E, Martin D. The EU's institutions: The European Union: How Does it Work? In Stubb A, editor, The European Union: How Does it Work?. Oxford, Uk: Oxford University Press. 2003
Bomberg E. The Europeanisation of Green parties: Exploring the EU's impact. West European Politics. 2002 Jan 1;25(3):29-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/713601613
Bomberg E, Burns C. The environment committee of the European Parliament: New powers, old problems. Environmental Politics. 1999 Jan 1;8(4):174-179. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644019908414500
Bomberg E, Peterson J. European Union decision making: The role of sub-national authorities. Political Studies. 1998 Jun 1;46(2):219-235. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.00137
Bomberg E. Green Parties and Politics in the European Union. 1 ed. London: Routledge, 1998. 240 p. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203982228
Bomberg E. Greens in the European Parliament. Environmental Politics. 1996 Jan 1;5(2):324-331. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644019608414267
Bomberg E. Policy networks on the periphery: EU environmental policy and Scotland. In Baker S, Milton K, Yearly S, editors, Protecting the Periphery: Environmental Policy in Peripheral Regions of the European Union. 1 ed. London: Routledge. 1994. p. 45-61 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429199622-3
Bomberg E. The German greens and the European community: Dilemmas of a movement-party. Environmental Politics. 1992 Dec 1;1(4):160-185. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644019208414050