Giles Atkinson


Giles is professor in Environmental Policy at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

He is affiliated with Centre for Social and Environmental Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), at the University of East Anglia, as an Honorary Fellow.


Giles joined the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE in 1999. Prior to this, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University College London and University of East Anglia.

Research interests

  • Sustainable development;
  • Green accounting;
  • Environmental valuation and cost-benefit analysis;
  • Environmental equity.


Giles Atkinson
Working paper  23 September, 2016

Asset accounting, fiscal policy and the UK’s oil and gas resources, past and future

Evidence that the UK may possess sizable resources of shale gas and oil has instigated a debate about whether a sovereign wealth fund would be an effective way to use tax revenues from their exploitation. Analysis in this paper explores the implications the sovereign wealth fund model for managing past and future UK oil and gas resources. read more »


Research article  4 November, 2015

Monitoring local well-being in environmental interventions: a consideration of practical trade-offs

Paper considers the practical trade-offs policy makers and practitioners must navigate when utilizing the concept of well-being in environmental interventions. read more »

Research article  21 April, 2015

Assessing the Relationship Between Human Well-being and Ecosystem Services: A Review of Frameworks

Focusing on the most impoverished populations, we critically review and synthesise key themes from dominant frameworks for assessing the relationship between well-being and ecosystem services in developing countries. This requires … read more »


Book  8 October, 2014

Handbook of Sustainable Development

This Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved. read more »

Research article  25 June, 2014

Natural capital accounting and climate change

Governments and businesses are beginning to account for natural capital, but must collaborate to promote sustainability, combat climate change and improve decision-making. read more »


Working paper  1 July, 2013

Resource discoveries, learning and national income accounting

Questions about the ultimate size of mineral and energy resource endowments, and the degree of fiscal prudence which should be exercised by countries engaged in resource … read more »


Research article  20 May, 2011

Trade in 'virtual carbon': empirical results and implications for policy

The fact that developing countries do not have carbon emission caps under the Kyoto Protocol has led to the current interest in high income countries in border taxes on … read more »


Research article  19 August, 2010

The equity-efficiency trade-off environmental policy: evidence from stated preferences

The design of environmental policy raises several equity issues, in particular the distribution of benefits and costs. At the same time, it has often been argued that there is … read more »


Research article  18 June, 2009

Siblings, not triplets: social preferences for risk, inequality and time in discounting climate change

Arguments about the appropriate discount rate often start by assuming a Utilitarian social welfare function with isoelastic utility, in which the consumption discount rate is a function of the … read more »


Research article  17 March, 2008

Environmental cost-benefit analysis

Environmental cost-benefit analysis, or CBA, refers to the economic appraisal of policies and projects that have the deliberate aim of improving the provision of environmental services or actions that … read more »

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Announcement  11 May, 2012

Grantham Associate announced as member of the Natural Capital Committee

Giles Atkinson has become a member of the Committee at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The Natural Capital Committee will provide advice on the state of English Natural … read more »


Announcement  2 June, 2011

Susana Mourato, Steve Gibbons, Giles Atkinson, George MacKerron, Guilherme Resende and Murray Collins contribute to UK National Ecosystem Assessment, published today

Staff, students and members of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment have contributed to this report, which provides an analysis of the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity. read more »

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Public Lectures 20 Oct 2015

Public lecture | Natural capital: valuing the planet

Economist Prof Dieter Helm offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable. read more »


Seminars 21 Mar 2011

Pavan Sukhdev - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Hosted by the Department of Geography and the Environment and the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Speaker: Pavan Sukhdev Chair: Dr Giles Atkinson More information: LSE … read more »


Policy Seminars 3 Nov 2008

The Economics (and Politics) of US Energy Policy

Robert Hahn discussed the economics and politics of US energy policy. He argued that energy policy and environmental policy are inextricably linked and that both are heavily influenced by politics. … read more »

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Book  8 October, 2014

Handbook of Sustainable Development

This Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved. read more »

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