Raphael holds or has in the past held the following positions: an Associate Researcher at the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge (current), & the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford; and a Visiting Professor at the: Paris-Dauphine University (Paris, France – current), Queen Mary University of London (UK –  current), the University of West Indies (Trinidad-based), Javeriana University (Colombia), University of Western Australia (current), University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique – current), University of Brawijaja (Indonesia– current), the ESCP Business School (Paris & London), Kathmandu University (Nepal – current); and in the past 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).

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Professor Raphael Heffron is Professor in Energy Justice, the Social Contract and Sustainability at the Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau, France. He is also Jean Monnet Professor in the Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy awarded by the European Commission (2019-2022). In 2020, he was appointed as Senior Counsel at Janson law firm in Brussels (Belgium). Professor Heffron is a qualified Barrister-at-Law, and a graduate of both Oxford (MSc-Christ Church) and Cambridge (MPhil-Darwin & PhD-Trinity Hall). He also holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA).

His work all has a principal focus on achieving a sustainable and just transition to a low-carbon economy, and combines a mix of law, policy and economics. He has published over 180 publications of different types and is the most cited scholar in his field of energy law, energy justice and just transition worldwide (2850+ Scopus/5600+ Googlescholar) with translated work in multiple languages including Chinese, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Persian. Professor Heffron has given just over 190 keynotes or guest lectures in 52 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.



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