- Professor, University of Reading
Chukwumerije (Chuks) Okereke is a Professor in Environment and Development at Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading.
He is also the Co-Director of the University of Reading Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme on Climate Ethics and Justice. Previously, he was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He remains a visiting fellow at the Smith School and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI).
Chuks is a renowned climate policy analysis and development specialist. His research covers three key areas:
- Justice and ethical dimensions of global climate change politics;
- Corporate climate strategies and the political economy of climate governance; and
- Low carbon transformation and international development
Chuks was a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 Assessment Report on Equity and Sustainable Development. Between 2011 and 2013 he held a Leverhulme Fellowship on ‘the governance of low carbon development in Africa.’ He has been engaged in teaching, research and consultancy activities focusing on climate politics and governance for over 15 years.
Chuks was the Project Director of the Rwandan National Strategy for Green Growth project funded jointly by the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) and DfID Rwanda. He was also the Moderator of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Climate Diplomacy Course (2008-2010) and an ad-hoc consultant to UN and the World Bank.
He is the author of several literature and research papers on national and global environmental policy making including Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance (Routledge, 2008); Carbon governance, climate change and business transformation (co-authored with Adam Bumpus, James Tansely and Blaz, Henríquez); and The Politics of the Environment ed. (Routledge, 2007). His latest book is Sustainable homegrown development in Africa (2015) (co-authored with Patricia Agupusi).