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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
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
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.
My research and experience have grouped broadly around four
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
pricing and emissions trading systems, including design of the EU ETS and
industrial competitiveness and the international coordination and development
of carbon pricing systems
climate change responses more broadly including the UNFCCC negotiations,
the Kyoto Protocol and its Mechanisms, and the wider challenges of
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).