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Laurence Delina

Laurence Delina

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Laurence Delina is a postdoctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University and was a Spring 2016 visiting fellow at the STS Program. His work explores the governance and institutional arrangements in the politics and policy of sustainability, with particular focus on sustainable energy transitions and climate mitigation. On these broad issues, he is interested on the scalar and temporal qualities of socioeconomic changes, sociotechnical transitions, energy policy, and nonviolent social movements. Laurence was an STS visiting fellow in Spring 2013 and returns to Harvard to continue his work on the climate action movement, and the future of energy in developing countries.

Laurence’s research interest on the nexus of governance, institutions and environmental sustainability has led to several publications that span issues surrounding the governance of sustainable energy, climate finance, multi-level institutions (especially international environmental governance), and climate change in Asia and beyond. Building on these works, he aims to design a model on the convergence among state, civic and corporate actors for rapid and radical mitigation. Recognising the boundary- and level-crossing nature of these contemporary governance actors, Laurence is also interested in identifying the complexities and challenges of this new arrangement.

Laurence has held positions at the United Nations, the University of Manchester, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan, and Land Bank of the Philippines. He received his civil engineering degree from Mindanao State University in General Santos City, Philippines where he also obtained his Master’s in Public Administration. He also has a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.


L Delina 2016 Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation: War mobilisation as model for action, Abingdon, Oxon, UK; New York, U.S.A.: Routledge. ISBNs 9781138646230; 9781315627663. Foreword by Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.


L Delina, M Diesendorf & J Merson 2014 Strengthening the climate action movement: strategies from histories, Carbon Management, 5(4): 397-409. DOI: 10.1080/17583004.2015.1005396.


L Delina & M Diesendorf 2013 Is wartime mobilisation a suitable policy model for rapid national climate mitigation? Energy Policy, 58: 371-380. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.03.036.


L Delina 2012 Coherence in energy efficiency governance, Energy for Sustainable Development, 16(4): 493-499. DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2012.10.004.


L Delina 2011 Asian Development Bank’s support for clean energy, Climate Policy, 11(6): 1350-1366. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2011.579288.


L Delina 2011 Clean energy financing at Asian Development Bank, Energy for Sustainable Development, 15(2): 195-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2011.04.005.


T Li, S Molodstov & L Delina 2010 Assessment Report on Energy Efficiency Institutional Arrangements in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand: United Nations. ISBN 9211206146.



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