First Advisor

Dr. Mausumi Mahapatro

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Schreier

Third Advisor

Dr. Lara Narcisi


Dr. Robert Margesson


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages



Climate change is an environmental problem with catastrophic ecological, economic, social, and political impacts. The dramatic scale of the problem has appropriately earned it the name of “climate crisis.” As a protracted crisis, climate change will dominate national and international agendas while transforming institutional politics. Conflicts within policy communities, new interest alignments, social pressure on governments, and ecological collapse could conceivably transform the norms and institutions through which economics, policy, and politics are conducted. Nowhere is this clearer than the energy sector, which is responsible for most greenhouse gas emissions and wherein massive institutional shifts are just beginning to occur. This research project begins and concludes with the notion that the climate crisis is one of the primary transformations of our time. As countries central to global energy politics, China and the United Arab Emirates offer insight into how various regimes may respond to the energy-climate imperatives of the twenty-first century.

Date of Award

Spring 2024

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colo.

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