Prof. Judith Rees


Judith also holds the following positions:


Judith was Director of the Grantham Research Insitute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy from 2008 until 2012.

Judith was Deputy Director of LSE from 1998 to 2004, and Acting Director from May 2011 until September 2012.

Judith has acted as advisor and consultant to a number of international organisations, government departments and NGO’s including the World Bank, UNDP and the EC/Rio Group, CPRE and Friends of the Earth. The advice has covered a range of water and environment related topics including the regulation of public and private water utilities, the provision of urban water and sanitation, sustainable development, pricing, institutional design and regulatory regimes in environmental management.

She was member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership from 1996 until 2009. Judith has also been chair of the Training and Development Board and member of the central Council at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), from 2004 to 2010.

Judith was awarded the title of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 and DBE in 2013.

Please note that Professor Rees is no longer able to accept requests to supervise PhD students.

Research interests

  • The governance of environmental resources and risk;
  • Institutional design;
  • Climate change adaptation;
  • Public-private partnerships regulation;
  • Use of market mechanisms;
  • The water sector.


Research article  17 August, 2015

Tracing the water-energy-food nexus: description, theory and practice

The ‘nexus’ between water, energy and food (WEF) has gained increasing attention globally in research, business and policy spheres. We review the premise of recent initiatives framed around the nexus, … read more »

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Announcement  17 February, 2014

Grantham Research Institute and Department of Law host mock trial event as part of LSE Literary Festival

Next Friday, 28th February, the Grantham Research Institute and Department of Law will be staging a mock trial, with support from legal experts at Matrix Chambers. The prosecution and defence teams will set out the case for and against the baby boomer generation in respect to their contribution towards global climate change read more »


Announcement  10 December, 2013

Professor Judith Rees made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE)

Judith Rees collected her DBE this week from Buckingham Palace, for her services to higher education. She collected her award alongside Bradley Wiggins, Anish Kapoor and PJ Harvey, among others. More information … read more »

Announcement  24 June, 2013

Grantham Research Institute's Co-Director awarded DBE

Professor Judith Rees CBE has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to higher education in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours, which … read more »


Announcement  12 June, 2012

Professor Judith Rees elected as the first woman President of Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Professor Rees was elected unopposed to the position for its three year term. She takes over as the Society’s figurehead and chair of its elected trustees from Michael Palin CBE. … read more »


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Announcement  17 March, 2011

LSE appoints interim director

Professor Judith Rees, Director of the Grantham Research Institute, has been appointed interim director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The School's Council asked her to accept the post from 2 May 2011 until such time as a permanent Director can take up the office. read more »

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Public Lectures 4 Oct 2018

Video: What next for international climate action?

Play video of this event (please note the event starts aproximately 12 minutes and 30 seconds in) At this event to celebrate the Grantham Research Institute’s 10th anniversary, the panel … read more »


Book Launch 8 Nov 2017

Heat, greed and human need: climate change, capitalism and sustainable wellbeing - video

Launch event for a new book by Professor Ian Gough which aims to build an essential bridge between climate change and social policy. read more »


Conferences 26 Mar 2015

Green Growth and the New Industrial Revolution

Keynote Speakers Professor Cameron Hepburn, University of Oxford and Grantham Research Institute Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD Chairs Professor Dame Judith Rees, Grantham Research Institute Professor Sam Fankhauser, Grantham Research … read more »


Public Lectures 17 Mar 2011

Nicholas Stern - The Low-Carbon Industrial Revolution

Part of LSE Works, a new series of public lectures, sponsored by SAGE publications, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE’s Research Centres. Nicholas Stern provided an … read more »


Grantham Workshop, Policy Seminars 2 Nov 2010

Current Challenges in the Carbon Markets

Current Challenges in the Carbon Markets read more »


Public Lectures 1 Oct 2008

Connie Hedegaard - Negotiating a New International Response to Climate Change

Part of the FT Business – LSE European Institute ‘The Future of Europe’ lecture series, with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Chair: Professor Judith Rees, … read more »

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