Tim Laing

Former Post Doctoral Researcher

Tim worked as a post doctoral research assistant with Luca Taschini and Charles Palmer on the NORAD funded project, ‘Developing an options market and complementary financial structures to mobilise private capital for REDD+ and manage climate policy risks’.

The project was conducted in collaboration with the Environmental Defence Fund and IIASA.


Tim previously completed his PhD at LSE. His research title was ‘Assessing the impact of institutional conditions upon programme design for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation’.

Tim has a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.

He has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency of Guyana as an ODI fellow and as a Research Assistant in the Electricity Policy Research Group in Cambridge.

Research interests

  • Policy design for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation;
  • Effect of institutional conditions on environmental policy design;
  • Low-carbon development policy;
  • Interactions of development and environmental policy.
Working paper  27 May, 2015

Understanding the demand for REDD+ credits

REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), broadened to REDD+, has recently emerged as a potentially important component of the global policy mix to mitigate climate change. In this … read more »

Working paper  9 March, 2015

Rights to the forest, REDD+ and elections: Mining in Guyana

This paper examines the impact of electoral cycles and the introduction of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) policy upon the holding of small-scale mining property rights in Guyana. … read more »


Working paper  30 March, 2013

Economy-wide impacts of REDD when there is political influence

National-level strategies for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation(REDD), financed by international transfers, have begun to emerge. A three-sector model is developed to explore the economy-wide … read more »

Working paper  1 February, 2013

Assessing the effectiveness of the EU Emissions Trading System

As an increasing number of countries, regions, cities and states implement emission trading policies to limit cap CO2 emission, many turn to the experience of the … read more »

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Commentary  20 December, 2010

False dichotomy on climate change policy options

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