Dr. Shane Fudge


Shane joined CES in 2006. His work on the H2 'Governance and Policy' strand of RESOLVE has explored the political economy of energy and environmental policy. A critical appraisal of UK energy policy 1945 to the present day involved an exploration of the policy transition from planned economy (command and control) to market economy. The two major outputs from this period considered the ways in which this evolution has conditioned the currently evolving policy framework and the types of policies that represent emerging governance aims and objectives regarding climate change and energy security.

The extension of this UK based project was an internationally scoped piece of research which considered the political evolution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the process of trying to coordinate an effective synthesis between diverse national energy regimes, aims and objectives, and the growing influence of global environmental regulation. The main output from this project documents a series of case studies that consider this interaction in more detail and the problems involved in reaching international agreement on a global, low-carbon future.

During his time as a RESOLVE research fellow, Shane has also worked on the EU Framework 7 BarEnergy project - a three year study that explored the relevance and strength of barriers to energy changes amongst end-consumers and households in six European countries. The three work packages that formed the core of this research programme were designed and implemented as a mixture of qualitative and quantitative analysis and utilized stakeholder interviews, a consumer survey, and a series of focus groups. Some of the findings to emerge from the study suggest that there are some overall trends that can be identified in consumer behaviour across the UK, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, and France, as participating countries.

More recently, Shane has been involved on the UNLOC project for CES. UNLOC looks at 'place-based' action on sustainability issues and involves case study exploration of how emerging forms of energy governance at community and local authority level are beginning to transform the traditionally centralized UK energy landscape.


Dunkerley D. and Fudge S. (2004) 'European integration and civil society; a framework for analysis'. European Societies Vol. 6:2

Williams S & Fudge S (2006) 'Beyond Left and Right: Can the Third Way deliver a Reinvigorated Social Democracy?' Critical Sociology Vol. 32:4

Fudge S. (2006) 'Democratizing the Economic and Political Landscape in south Wales?' Contemporary Wales Vol. 19

Conferences and presentations

Fudge S. (2005) 'Building capacity in marginalized communities: are political institutions listening to civil society?' Concepts of the third sector, the European debate: civil society organizations, social and solidarity based economy. First European Conference of ISTR and EMES. April 2005

Fudge S. (2004) 'Social particularisms and the globalization of nothing: Ritzer's social theory and Welsh regional development'. Conference on Democracy and Culture in the Transatlantic World. Maastrich Centre for Transatlantic Studies. October 2005

Fudge S. (2004) 'Methodological considerations of third sector research'. European PhD Network Support Seminar. Stockholm School of Economics. May 2004

Fudge S. (2003) 'Reconciling economic efficiency and social needs? The EU, Objective 1, and Civil Society in Wales'. Postgraduate Research Conference at the University of Glamorgan. June 2003

Fudge S. and Williams S. 'Can the third way deliver a reinvigorated social democracy?' Conference on Demoralization, Morality and Authority. Cardiff University. April 2002