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Giles Atkinson

Reader in Environmental Policy London School of Economics and Political Science, UK


Dr. Giles Atkinson is a UK-based environmental economist whose research interests cover a number of aspects of environmental policy and appraisal. He has published over 70 journal articles, books, book chapters and other publications. In particular, Dr. Atkinson has published extensively on the subject of sustainable development. Much of this research has examined how policy-makers might construct better measures of economic progress through ‘green accounting’, particularly comprehensive measures of (genuine) saving. An additional component of his research is the application of cost-benefit analysis particularly stated preference methods to appraise environmental (and related) policies as well as using these methods to examine the importance that the public attaches to different notions of environmental equity.

He has worked on a large number of research projects and consultancies for research councils, governments, industry, charities and international organisations including The World Bank, The European Commission, and OECD. Within LSE, he is currently Head of the Environmental Economics and Policy research Cluster in the Department of Geography and Environment as well as Co-Lead of the work programme on Resource Security in LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment. Prior to joining the faculty at LSE, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University College London and University of East Anglia.

Dr. Atkinson is Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Environmental Economics Academic Panel, Honorary Fellow at CSERGE, University of East Anglia and a member of the advisory board of “TEEB” (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) and the Green Indian States Trust (GIST).