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Dr Paul Wagner


Department: Newcastle Business School

Paul Wagner is a lecturer in Leadership and Management at Newcastle Business school at Northumbria University. Paul received his PhD from University College Dublin in 2016, where he investigated the role of discourses and networks in shaping Ireland’s national response to climate change. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Paul was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Paul has also worked as Research Associate at the Picker Institute and as a Research Analyst at Global Water Intelligence. 

Paul Wagner


  • Sociology PhD June 17 2016
  • Economics September 10 2011

Key Publications

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  • Can policy forums overcome echo chamber effects by enabling policy learning? Evidence from the Irish climate change policy network, Wagner, P., Ylä-Anttila, T. 1 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Public Policy
  • Information exchange networks at the climate science-policy interface: Evidence from the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, and Portugal, Wagner, P., Ylä-Anttila, T., Gronow, A., Ocelik, P., Schmidt, L., Delicado, A. 14 Feb 2020, In: Governance
  • On the Acoustics of Policy Learning: Can Co-Participation in Policy Forums Break Up Echo Chambers?, Malkamaki, A., Wagner, P., Brockhaus, M., Toppinen, A., Ylä-Anttila, T. 12 Dec 2019, In: Policy Studies Journal
  • Explaining collaboration in consensual and conflictual governance networks, Gronow, A., Wagner, P., Ylä-Anttila, T. 23 Dec 2019, In: Public Administration
  • Who got their way? Advocacy coalitions and the Irish climate change law, Wagner, P., Ylä-Anttila, T. 3 Sep 2018, In: Environmental Politics
  • Trends, frames and discourse networks, Wagner, P., Payne, D. Apr 2017, In: Irish Journal of Sociology
  • Conflicting Climate Change Frames in a Global Field of Media Discourse, Broadbent, J., Sonnett, J., Botetzagias, I., Carson, M., Carvalho, A., Chien, Y., Edling, C., Fisher, D., Giouzepas, G., Haluza-DeLay, R., Hasegawa, K., Hirschi, C., Horta, A., Ikeda, K., Jin, J., Ku, D., Lahsen, M., Lee, H., Lin, T., Malang, T., Ollmann, J., Payne, D., Pellissery, S., Price, S., Pulver, S., Sainz, J., Satoh, K., Saunders, C., Schmidt, L., Stoddart, M., Swarnakar, P., Tatsumi, T., Tindall, D., Vaughter, P., Wagner, P., Yun, S., Zhengyi, S. 2016, In: Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Paul’s research seeks to understand and explain policy processes by drawing on theories, ideas, and methods from political science, policy studies, public administration, sociology, network science, and discourse analysis. Paul’s research is largely conducted in collaboration with his global academic partners in the Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks project - an international and cross-national comparative research project that is investigating the causes of the variation in societal and governmental responses to climate change. Paul has also applied network methods to understand the structure and dynamics of tree plantation politics in South Africa.


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