The University of Sheffield
Department of Politics

Academic Staff: Hayley Stevenson

Hayley StevensonDr Hayley Stevenson, BA(Hons) (Flinders), PhD (Adelaide)

Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1664
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: G58


Hayley Stevenson graduated from Flinders University of South Australia with First Class Honours in International Relations and Spanish (2001-2004). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2009. Her doctoral research was an analysis of the diffusion of international climate governance norms, and included case studies on Australia, India, and Spain. This research was published as a book titled Institutionalizing Unsustainability: The Paradox of Global Climate Governance (University of California Press, 2013).

In 2009-2011, Dr Stevenson was a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University. There she worked with Professor John S. Dryzek on a project titled ‘Deliberative Global Governance of Climate Change’. This project drew on cutting edge democratic theory to evaluate the existing global governance of climate change, and to prescribe possible reforms to enhance its legitimacy and effectiveness. The research involved extensive original analysis of multilateral and networked governance arrangements, including over eighty interviews with diplomats, civil society, and the private sector. This study will be published in early 2014 in a book titled Democratizing Global Climate Governance (Cambridge University Press).

Dr Stevenson joined the Politics Department in 2012 as Lecturer in International Relations, and was made Senior Lecturer in 2014.

Hayley Stevenson’s principal research interests include: global environmental politics and climate change, constructivist theory of International Relations, global civil society, legitimacy in international relations, and deliberative global governance.


Dr Stevenson’s keen interest in the theory and practice of international relations is strongly reflected in her teaching. Her modules are designed to give students a firm grounding in the traditional approaches to understanding international politics while also introducing alternative approaches to develop their critical thinking skills and provide new ways of understanding.

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: Towards Just and Legitimate Earth System Governance – Addressing Inequalities, April 2012, Lund, Sweden. Invited semi-plenary speaker: ‘Citizen-centred accountability in global climate governance’.
  • ECPR Summer School on Environmental Politics and Policy, June 2013. Invited paper on democratizing global climate governance.
Dr Hayley Stevenson, University of Sheffield: 'Fixing Climate Change: Who Decides?'
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Current Research

In 2013, Dr Stevenson was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship to carry out a three-year study of innovations in international environmental policy. This project will analyse processes of institutional learning in the design of new environmental policies in international organisations, and address challenges to including civil society and heterogeneous perspectives in policy design.

Garrett Brown, Alasdair Cochrane, and Hayley Stevenson are also collaborating on the design of a new research project on 'Global Food Justice'. This forms part of the University of Sheffield’s Cross-Faculty Food Security research plan. A project description is available here.

Key Publications


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

View Dr Stevenson's full list of publications.

PhD Supervision

Dr Stevenson is interested in supervising highly-motivated students on a range of International Relations topics, particularly: global environmental politics; global governance and global civil society.