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Mitya completed his PhD in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London (KCL). Before taking up his current role as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Mitya lectured on British politics in POLIS, the University of Cambridge, and worked for several years as a researcher in energy and climate change policy at a Westminster think tank. He has also previously taught British politics at the LSE and comparative politics at KCL.


Mitya’s research to date has focused on various aspects of environmental politics in Britain and Europe. His current Leverhulme-funded project examines UK government decision-making on climate change since 2008.


Latest publications

Neil Carter & Mitya Pearson, ‘From Green Crap to Net Zero: Conservative Climate Policy 2015-2022’, British Politics, 2022, DOI:

Mitya Pearson, ‘Sticklebacks and Gandalf’s Garden: an oral history of 1970s British environmental activism’, Oral History, Autumn, Vol 50 No 2, 2022, pp.74-84.

Mitya Pearson & Louise Thompson, ‘“Enter parliament but never become part of it”: How have the Greens in the United Kingdom approached opposition?’, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2022, DOI:

Louise Thompson & Mitya Pearson, ‘Exploring party change: the professionalisation of the UK’s three Green parties crossing the representation threshold’, Environmental Politics, Vol 30 No 6, 2021, pp.938-957

Mitya Pearson, ‘Labour and the environment: An historical perspective’, Renewal, Vol 29 No 3, 2021, pp.32-38

Neil Carter & Mitya Pearson, ‘A “climate election”? The environment and the Greens in the 2019 UK general election’, Environmental Politics, Vol 29 No 4, 2020, pp.746-751

Mitya Pearson & Wolfgang Rüdig, ‘The Greens in the 2019 European elections’, Environmental Politics, Vol 29 No 2, 2020, pp.336-343

Mitya Pearson, ‘Tentative Feelers: The Liberal Party’s Response to the Emergence of the Ecology Party’, The Journal of Liberal History, No 104, Autumn, 2019, pp.34-38