Senior Research Associate
Departmental Research Lecturer in the Economics of Environmental Change
Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson is 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, both in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He is also a member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford, and a Research Associate at St Catherine's College.
Pete's core research interests sit at the crossroads of social science and economics, complexity science, and environmental and energy policy. He uses a range of methods in his research including agent-based modelling, network analysis, and systems mapping. He regularly uses these, and other methods, to explore applied social, economic, and policy questions, and to support complexity-appropriate policy evaluation, but is equally interested in more theoretical aspects of complex adaptive systems.
Pete teaches on a range of undergraduate and masters courses across the School of Geography and the Environment, specialising in the economics of environmental change, and the use of complexity and systems sciences in environmental issues. He has conducted research with and for the likes of UK government departments/agencies such as Defra, BEIS, the Environment Agency, and the Health and Safety Executive; and businesses such as Anglian Water and Mott Macdonald. Internationally, he has collaborated with research institutes and government in China, South Africa, Italy, and Ethiopia.
Pete is also a member of 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, Pete was a UKRI-ESRC Innovation Fellow and Senior Research Fellow working on public-private partnerships and collaboration, a 'Knowledge Integrator' in CECAN, a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute, and a PhD student and then Research Fellow at CRESS. Prior to his PhD, Pete studied Economics at the University of East Anglia, before completing his MSc in Environmental Technology (specialising in Environmental Economics and Policy) at Imperial College London.
New economic models of energy innovation and transition
06 Apr 23
This new report represents a major effort to demonstrate the value of new economic modelling to poli...
No. 2022-27 - Using data-driven systems mapping to contextualise complexity economics insights
27 Oct 22
This article introduces and demonstrates a data-driven systems mapping approach designed to contextu...
The Ethics of Agent-Based Social Simulation
08 Aug 22
In this paper, we first outline the many reasons why it is appropriate to explore an ethics of agent...
Systems Mapping: How to build and use causal models of systems
07 Jul 22
This new open-access book provides a practical and in-depth discussion of causal systems mapping met...
The New Economics of Innovation and Transition: Evaluating Opportunities and Risks
17 Oct 21
A report by the Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition (EEIST) consortium
Participatory complexity in tourism policy: Understanding sustainability programmes with participatory systems mapping
15 Jul 21
We show how a complex systems approach, implemented via PSM, can provide a more holistic understandi...
Combining complexity-framed research methods for social research
15 Jul 21
We attempt to support and catalyse the use of complexity-framed methods in combination in social res...
Zero-Emissions Shipping: Contracts-for-difference as incentives for the decarbonisation of international shipping
28 Jun 21
Pressure is growing from multiple directions for the shipping industry to decarbonise. Alternative f...
Deciding how to 'change big things quickly': Pros and cons of different appraisal techniques to inform decision-making on low-carbon transformational policies
23 Jun 21
Pros and cons of different appraisal techniques to inform decision-making on low-carbon transformati...