Dr Peter Barbrook-Johnson

Senior Research Associate

Deputy Director, Agile Initiative / Departmental Research Lecturer in the Economics of Environmental Change

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Pete Barbrook-Johnson is a social scientist, economist, complexity scientist, and systems thinker. He regularly uses research methods such as agent-based modelling and systems mapping in his applied environmental, energy, and public health research and policy analysis. He teaches on a range of undergraduate and masters courses, focussing on the economics of environmental change, and the use of complexity and systems sciences in environmental issues.

Recent work highlights include:

  • His book on systems mapping, a practical guide written with Dr. Alexandra Penn.
  • A library of new economic modelling case studies. Pete led the production of this large report with colleagues from China, India, Brazil, the EU, and UK. It presents a range of new economic modelling approaches being used to understand and inform policy on the energy transition.

He is currently a Departmental Research Lecturer in the Economics of Environmental Change in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), both in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

Pete is the Deputy Director of the NERC-funded Agile Initiative, which aims to revolutionise how research responds to the urgent needs of policymakers on critical environmental issues. He is also the Technical Modelling Lead for the UK government EEIST project on new economic modelling of energy innovation and transition.

He is a member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford, a Research Associate at St Catherine's College, a member of the the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) and Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey.

Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow and ESRC Innovation Fellow at the University of Surrey (based in CECAN and CRESS, both in the Department of Sociology). Pete has also been a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute and regularly undertakes consultancy work for the public and private sectors. He completed his PhD in agent-based modelling at the University of Surrey in 2014.

View a full list of Pete's academic publications on his Google Scholar page.

Recent Publications