Duncan McLaren

Climate Intervention Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy

Duncan McLaren is a Postdoctoral Climate Intervention Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. His research lies in climate politics and governance, especially with respect to geoengineering technologies and interventions. He previously worked as a Research Fellow at Lancaster University (UK) focusing on the security politics of climate engineering, and on governance of net-zero and the role of carbon removal techniques.

McLaren received his first class B.A. in Geography from Cambridge University (UK), and also holds Master’s degrees in Environmental Policy (University of London) and Business Administration (Cambridge). His MBA dissertation won the international Ashridge Prize for best essay on business and society in 2002. He worked for many years in environmental advocacy, most recently as Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland from 2003 to 2011. His Ph.D. at Lancaster University examined the justice implications of climate geoengineering.

McLaren’s publications on climate politics, environmental justice, sustainable cities and more include books with Routledge/Earthscan and MIT Press, and papers in Nature Climate Change, Global Policy, Energy Research & Social Science, and Anthropocene Review among others.