Arnault Barichella

PhD Candidate

Arnault Barichella received his undergraduate degree from Oxford University in the UK (BA History 2008-11) and his Masters in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris (2012-14). He wrote his MA thesis on the relation between climate change and systemic crisis under the supervision of Dr. Anne-Marie le Gloannec. 

Arnault is currently a PhD candidate at the Center for European Studies in Sciences Po under the supervision of Dr. Colin Hay. His research focuses on multi-level governance and a comparative analysis of climate and energy policies in Europe and the United States. This includes the mechanisms for global governance established by the Paris Agreement, as well as the role of cities in the climate regime and their interaction with national and global authorities. His interest in environmental issues is linked to his professional experience, having worked for one year at the United Nations (UNESCO and then UNEP) in preparation for the COP21. He was also a parliamentary assistant at the French Senate, where he has contributed to preparing a ‘Green Paper on Defense’ that analyzes the impact of energy and environmental issues on national security.  

Arnault is also working for two research centers, where he regularly publishes papers and articles on topics in relation to his doctoral thesis and on European affairs. At the Robert Schuman Foundation, he has written several articles for the Foundation’s ‘European issues’, including on the role of the EU as the guardian of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He is also affiliated with the Energy Center at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), where he has published a comparative policy analysis on cybersecurity strategies in the energy sector in Europe and the United States.

Arnault has been admitted to the doctoral exchange program with Harvard University. He will have ‘Visiting Fellow’ status for the full 2018-19 academic year, and will be subsidized by a scholarship provided by Harvard. His aim is to work with Professors from the Department of Government and the Kennedy School of Government, who can provide knowledge and expertise to advance his thesis during the second year of doctoral studies. Moreover, Harvard possesses a number of research centers that specialize in environmental politics and climate change. This includes the Center for the Environment, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, as well as the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs with the Project on Climate Agreements.

Research Topics

Climate and energy policies in Europe and the United States; Transatlantic relations; Cybersecurity

The UN Climate Change regime and the articulation of multi-level governance. A case study of the global cities of Paris, Boston and New York, sous la direction de Colin Hay