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Dr Peter Mallaburn
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: +44 (0)7715 901 991
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I joined UCL in October 2014 as a visiting scholar and was appointed as an Honorary Fellow in June 2015. I am also editor of Climate Policy Journal.

I began my career in UCL as an electron microscopist and then a plant physiologist, getting my PhD in 1992. I joined the scientific Civil Service, working on acid rain, urban air pollution, climate modelling and energy policy, before moved into international climate policy in 1993. 

In 1996 I switched back into domestic policy and helped write the first UK’s first Climate Change Programme in 1999. I set up the Carbon Trust in 2000, leaving the government in 2002 to become Director of Government Affairs.

I left the Carbon Trust in 2006 to set up Salix Finance, a finance company vehicle set up by the government to accelerate energy efficiency investment in the public sector. I was Salix's first CEO. I left Salix in 2008 to set up my own consultancy company, Policy to Practice Ltd. 

I picked up the threads of my academic career in 2012 when I was appointed as a Reader in Climate Policy at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Research Summary

My research interests focus on the interactions between research, climate policy and market practice, specialising in commercial and public buildings. I am particularly interested in how government can learn from the experience of real organisations, and how we as researchers can make our findings more meaningful to government.

There are a number of facets to this. Most common is the analysis of current programmes and policies, distilling this down into lessons that are relevant and practical for UK civil servants. 

Second is the history of policy. Civil servants change jobs frequently and have conflicting political objectives, so learning from the past provides valuable continuity and context.

And finally it is important to understand the impact of research on policy more generally and particularly how to frame our policy advice and tender responses more effectively

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