Prof Michael Grubb

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Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at UCL - Institute for Sustainable Resources, Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy, and Senior Advisor on Improving Regulation to the UK energy regulator, Ofgem).  

My academic background includes positions at Cambridge University (Senior Research Associate at Departments of Economics and Land Economy) and Imperial College London (Prof Energy and Climate Change).  I combined these roles with more applied positions, as Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust, and Chair of the international research network/interface organisation Climate Strategies. These conjoined appointments followed 10 years at Chatham House where I led the Energy and Environment programme.

I served on the UK Climate Change Committee, established by the UK Climate Change Act  to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation.  

Beyond energy and climate change, I am on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the German Inst for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and the European Parliament’s Progressive Economy Initiative.

Author of eight books, fifty journal research articles (this site), and numerous other publications and presentations (many available through here).  I have held many advisory positions with governments, companies and international studies on climate change and energy policy, and a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The book Planetary Economics: energy, climate change and the Three Domains of sustainable development (Routledge, 2014) brings together the lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, with supporting website with supplementary materials and presentations here.

Research Summary

My research and experience have grouped broadly around four main themes:

·         Energy systems and low carbon innovation, with emphasis upon the innovation process in the energy sector, particularly in relation to renewable sources and the design of support systems

·         Carbon pricing and emissions trading systems, including design of the EU ETS and industrial competitiveness and the international coordination and development of carbon pricing systems

·         International climate change responses more broadly including the UNFCCC negotiations, the Kyoto Protocol and its Mechanisms, and the wider challenges of international cooperation

·         Integration of renewable electricity sources into electricity systems.  Numerous publications and involvement in power systems modeling.  Remained actively abreast of developments (for example through role as coordinator of the SuperGen Networks - Incentives workstream from Cambridge).

Research outputs

Electricity in transition: economic and policy dimensions. Submission to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into The Economics of UK Energy Policy 2016 Grubb M,Hughes N,Smith AZP
Why Are We Waiting?: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change 2015 Grubb M
The Three Domains structure of energy-climate transitions 2015 Grubb M,Hourcade J-C,Neuhoff K
A review of Chinese CO2 emission projections to 2030: the role of economic structure and policy 2015 Grubb M,Sha F,Spencer T,Hughes N,Zhang Z,Agnolucci P
From Lima to Paris, Part 2: Injecting Ambition 2015 Grubb M,De Coninck H,Sagar AD
From Theory to Practice: Climate policy and political feasibility 2014 Grubb M,Klinsky S
Digging deeper into the innovation chain: cross-sectoral evidence and analysis 2014 Grubb M
Planetary Economics: Energy, Climate Change and the Three Domains of Sustainable Development 2014 Grubb M
Doha's dawn? 2013 Grubb M
Emissions trading: Cap and trade finds new energy 2012 Grubb M
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