Heffron, Raphael

Professor, Jean Monnet Professor in the Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

  • Chair of Global Energy Law and Sustainability, CEPMLP
  • 1027 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Raphael Heffron is Professor for Global Energy Law & Sustainability at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. He as of July 2019 is a Jean Monnet Professor in the Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy awarded by the European Commision. Professor Heffron is a qualified Barrister-at-Law, and a graduate of both Oxford (MSc) and Cambridge (MPhil & PhD). His work all has a principal focus on achieving a just transition to a low-carbon economy, and combines a mix of energy law, policy and economics. He has published over 130 publications of different types and is one the most cited scholars in his field worldwide. Professor Heffron has given just over 100 keynote or guest lectures in 39 countries worldwide. 

Raphael was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2018. His research and teaching has been recognised by the award of a Jean Monnet Professorship by the European Commission twice in 2016 (-2019) and 2019 (-2022). His teaching has also been recognised in the UK by becoming a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2018. In addition, Raphael is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. 

Raphael’s research has involved funding from UK national research councils (the ESRC and the EPSRC), the EU and currently through the European Commission Jean Monnet Professorship 2019-2022, UKERC and ERA-ACTOM. He is a Research Associate at the national UK Energy Research Centre. He has given expert advice to the EU, UN, World Bank, and various international thinktanks – he currently serves on the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems. He is a reviewer for the next IPCC Report. Raphael is on the Editorial Board of the International Energy Law Review, the Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review and is Consulting Editor of the current Halsbury’s Laws of England volumes on Energy Law (the leading practitioner energy lawseries). Raphael is also co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press Handbook for International Energy Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Edinburgh University Press journal Global Energy Law & Sustainability.

Raphael is currently the Co-Chair of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association; Visiting Professor in Energy Law at the International Hellenic University (Greece); an Associate Researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge; and currently is/has been a Visiting Professor at Paris-Dauphine University (Paris, France), Queen Mary University of London (UK), the University of West Indies (Trinidad-based), Javeriana University (Colombia) and University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique); a Visiting Lecturer at the ESCP Business School (London and Paris); and a Visiting Scholar at MIT (US), University of Sydney (Australia) University Of Texas at Austin (US) and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (UK).

Raphael read for his PhD at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is also a trained Barrister-at-Law and was called to the Bar in July 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MPhil-Darwin, PhD-Trinity Hall), the University of Oxford (Christ Church) (MSc) the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA).

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Industrial demand-side flexibility: A key element of a just energy transition and industrial development

Heffron, R., Körner, M. F., Wagner, J., Weibelzahl, M. & Fridgen, G., 1 Jul 2020, In : Applied Energy. 269, p. 1-13 13 p., 115026.

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    Declaración de Buenos Aires sobre Inversiones Internacionales, Sustentabilidad Ecológica y Derechos Humanos

    Translated title of the contribution: Buenos Aires Statement on International Investments, Ecological Sustainability and Human RightsBas Vilizzio, M., Cazalbón, A., Droubi, S., Echaide, J., Ghiotto, L., Guamán, A., Gutiérrez Haces, T., Heffron, R., Morosini Costa, F., Ocantos, A. & Ross, A., 26 Jul 2019, 6 p.

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    Energy justice in the transition to low carbon energy systems: Exploring key themes in interdisciplinary research

    McCauley, D., Ramasar, V., Heffron, R. J., Sovacool, B. K., Mebratu, D. & Mundaca, L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Applied Energy. 233-234, p. 916-921 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 23 Citations (Scopus)

    Response to “Monyei, Jenkins, Serestina and Adewumi examining energy sufficiency and energy mobility in the global south through the energy justice framework”

    Todd, I., De Groot, J., Mose, T., McCauley, D. & Heffron, R. J., Sep 2019, In : Energy Policy. 132, p. 44-46 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    A treatise for energy law

    Heffron, R., Rønne, A., Tomain, J. P., Bradbrook, A. & Talus, K., 8 Mar 2018, In : Journal of World Energy Law & Business. 11, 1, p. 34-48 15 p.

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    Open Access
    37 Citations (Scopus)
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    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    International Investments in Latin America Network IILA. Net workshop on International Investments and Ecological Sustainability

    Sufyan El Droubi (Organiser), , Luciana Ghiotto (Organiser), , Magdalena Bas Vilizzio (Participant), , Astrid Cazalbón (Participant), , Javier Echaide (Participant), , Adoración Guamán (Participant), , Teresa Gutiérrez Haces (Participant), , Raphael Heffron (Participant), , Fábio Morosini Costa (Participant), , Ariel Ocantos (Participant), & Andrea Ross (Participant)

    25 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course