Dr Alix Dietzel

Dr Alix Dietzel

Dr Alix Dietzel
Lecturer in Politics

1.06, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 9176

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Climate Ethics

Personal profile

BA International Relations and Politics (University of Sheffield 2009), MA Research Methods in International Relations and Politics (University of Sheffield 2010), PhD Global Justice and Climate Change (University of Sheffield 2015)

Teaching Associate at SPAIS from 2015, Lecturer from 2017

Contact Details:

Room: 1.6, 10 Priory Road   

Phone Number:+44 (0)117 928 9176                                                              

Email: alix.dietzel@bristol.ac.uk

External links: Academia.edu, twitter, LinkedIn

About Me

My research can be described as applied theory - I take a global justice focused approach in order to assess the current response to climate change. I teach units concerning global problems, ethics and normative theory, global governance, and international relations. I also actively pursue public engagement and outreach activities. As a climate justice scholar, I think it is important to share my knowledge with the local community in Bristol and engage with the wider public on climate change.


My primary research focus is global justice and climate change, and how this normative perspective can be used to assess the global response to climate change. This assessment aims to clarify the inadequacies of the climate change response, but also serves the purpose of bridging the gap between political theorists concerned with the ethical dimensions of climate change and scholars who focus on climate change governance. I assess both multilateral (UNFCCC) and transnational climate change governance, which includes cities, corporations, and NGOs acting together to combat climate change. This climate justice focused assessment provides a starting point for a discussion between two fields that are concerned with complementary, yet separate, agendas.

Latest publications

Dietzel, A. and Harris, P. G. (forthcoming 2019), 'A Cosmopolitan Agenda for Climate Justice: Embracing Non-State Actors' in (eds.) P.G. Harris, A Research Agenda for Climate Justice, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press. 

Dietzel, A., (2019) Global Justice and Climate Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Dietzel, A., (2017)The Paris Agreement – Protecting the Right to Health?’ in Global Policy 8(3): 313-321.

Dietzel, A., (2017) ‘Global Justice’ in International Relations Theory: A Practical Introduction (eds.) McGlinchey S., Walters R. and. Oprisko R. L. Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing.

Professional Associations

  • Cabot Institute, University of Bristol - Global Environmental Change (GEC) Steering Group Member
  • Grantham Centre for Sustainable Research, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Crick Centre for Understanding Politics, Associate Fellow
  • Environment Working Group, British International Studies Association (BISA)

Other Relveant Experience

  • Outreach: Sutton Trust Summer School 2018 and 2019, Access to Bristol 2016-2017
  • Public engagement: Cabot Institute Annual Lecture (2018), Thinking Futures (2017), Grantham Center Panel on Individual Climate Change Action (2016), Mobile University (2015, 2013), Festival of the Mind (2014), Environmental Ethics Week (2013), project on climate research with a secondary school (2013)
  • Creator and Convener of the ‘Climate Ethics Research’ Facebook Group - This group has over 250 academic researches as members, including top scholars from the field such as Stephen Gardiner, Catriona McKinnon, and Darrell Moellendorf.
  • Political Theory Reading Group, Co-Convener, University of Sheffield Politics Department
  • November 2010 to May 2011 – internship at CODA International, an international development charity.




Winner of the 2019 Bristol Teaching Award: Student's Award for Outstanding Educator in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law



  • Maternity leave (no teaching, no dissertation supervision)


  • Theories of International Relations 
  • Global Justice 
  • Global Justice (MSc)


  • Theories of International Relations 
  • Global Justice 
  • Global Justice (MSc)


  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Organizations and Global Governance
  • Justice Between Generations
  • Global Justice (MSc)
  • Human Rights (MSc)


  • Issues in World Politics 
  • Contemporary International Relations 
  • International Organizations and Global Governance
  • Global Justice (MSc)


Teaching Philosophy

My primary aim as a teacher is to get my students to think critically and become independent scholars. I believe this is a skill that they will take with them for the rest of their lives, even if they don’t become political theorists. My approach is to treat students as my intellectual equals, and to ensure that they know I am keen to hear their thoughts and analysis. My lectures are structured to include student input, and I aim to make students feel knowledgeable, empowered, and inspired to learn more when they leave the lecture theatre. My seminars have a relaxed atmosphere, where my students feel uninhibited to speak their minds. This usually results in discussions where students are able to develop their critical thinking in a welcoming environment. I pride myself on creating intellectually engaging seminars, setting out thought experiments that let students explore complex theories and ideas, or assigning a task that enables them to consider the approach we are learning in an applied manner. This allows students to develop into curious, independent learners, which my students appreciate. My teaching reviews are consistently very positive, with students often indicating that they have found my units challenging and rewarding. In 2017-2018, I was shortlisted for a teaching award by my students (top three educator in the Faculty of Social Science and Law), and in 2018-2019, I was shortlisted again and won! I proudly display my Student's Award for Outstanding Educator in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law in my office. Thank you to all of my students for your nomination and support.

PhD Supervision

Cosmopolitan scholarship, in particular those who focus on global justice; global cohabitation problems, including but not limited to climate change; the global governance of collective action problems, both transnational and multilateral; human rights, especially the human right to health; matters of global ethics and fairness at the global level, including the relationship between developed and less developed countries. 


Fields of interest

Climate change, global justice, cosmopolitanism, human rights, political theory, public engagement with climate change

Latest publications

  1. Dietzel, A, 2019, ‘Global Justice and Climate Governance: Bridging Theory and Practice’. Edinburgh University Press
  2. Dietzel, A, 2017, ‘The Paris Agreement – Protecting the Human Right to Health?’. Global Policy, vol 8., pp. 313-321

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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