School of Social and Political Science

Elizabeth Bomberg

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Professor of Environmental Politics

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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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.

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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.

Staff Hours and Guidance

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

Publications by user content

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Hague A, Bomberg E. Faith-based actors as climate intermediaries in Scottish climate policy. Policy Studies. 2022 Oct 24.
Bomberg E. The environmental legacy of President Trump. In James TS, editor, The Trump Administration: The President’s Legacy Within and Beyond America. London: Routledge. 2022. p. 184-201
Bomberg E. Joe Biden’s climate change challenge. Political Insight. 2022 Mar 21;13(1):30-33.
Bomberg E. The 2020 US Election and its climate consequences. Environmental Politics. 2021 Jul;30(5):854-862.
Bomberg E. The environmental legacy of President Trump. Policy Studies. 2021 May 16.
Bomberg E. US environmental politics under Trump: Domestic and global implications. Political Insight. 2020 Mar 1;11(1):38-40.
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.
Bomberg E, Hague A. Faith-based climate action in the Christian congregations: Mobilization and spiritual resources. Local Environment. 2018 May;23(5):582-596.
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.
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.
Bomberg E. Environmental politics in the Trump era: An early assessment. Environmental Politics. 2017 Sep;26(5):956-963.
Bomberg E. ‘Trump’s First 100 Days: The Curious Case for Climate Optimism'. 2017. 1 p.
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.
Bomberg E. Shale we drill? Discourse dynamics in UK fracking debates. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 2017 Jan 2;19(1):72-88.
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.
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).
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.
McEwen N, Bomberg E. Sub-State Climate Pioneers: The Case of Scotland. Regional & Federal Studies. 2014;24(1):63-85.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Schlosberg D, Bomberg E. Perspectives on American Environmentalism. Environmental Politics. 2008;17(2):187-99.
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. ‘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.
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
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.
Bomberg E, Burns C. The environment committee of the European Parliament: New powers, old problems. Environmental Politics. 1999 Jan 1;8(4):174-179.
Bomberg E, Peterson J. European Union decision making: The role of sub-national authorities. Political Studies. 1998 Jun 1;46(2):219-235.
Bomberg E. Green Parties and Politics in the European Union. 1 ed. London: Routledge, 1998. 240 p.
Bomberg E. Greens in the European Parliament. Environmental Politics. 1996 Jan 1;5(2):324-331.
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
Bomberg E. The German greens and the European community: Dilemmas of a movement-party. Environmental Politics. 1992 Dec 1;1(4):160-185.