Matthew Paterson’s research focuses on the political economy of global environmental change. In addition to a book developing a general theoretical approach out of these interests, he has developed them in relation to global climate change and the politics of the automobile. His publications include Global Warming and Global Politics (Routledge 1996), Understanding Global Environmental Politics: Domination, Accumulation, Resistance, (Palgrave 2000), Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy (Cambridge University Press 2007), and most recently Climate Capitalism: global warming and the transformation of the global economy (with Peter Newell, Cambridge University Press 2010).
He is working at the moment mostly on carbon market politics, and his current research project is entitled ‘Governance and legitimacy in carbon markets’, with Matthew Hoffmann, Steven Bernstein and Michele Betsill.
He is also currently working as a Lead Author by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, working on the chapter on international cooperation for the 5th assessment report.