Ian Gough


Ian is Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). He is also Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath.

Ian’s current research project, supported by an ESRC grant, is on the intersection of climate change mitigation policy and social policy.


Ian studied economics at Cambridge in the early 1960s, and, since then, has worked within the field of social policy, applying economics, political economy, political science and political philosophy to some of the central concerns of the welfare state.

He was professor of political economy and social policy at Manchester University before leaving for the chair of social policy at the University of Bath in 1995. On retirement in 2009 he moved to London to concentrate on his current research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Research interests

  • The fiscal costs of climate mitigation in the UK;
  • The distribution between households of all greenhouse emissions, both direct and embodied;
  • and the impact of climate change on public policy options in the UK.


Announcement  6 December, 2011

Professor Ian Gough delivers paper on 'Climate change, double injustice and social policy' at large international conference

Ian Gough, Research Fellow at LSE and Associate of the Grantham Research Institute, spoke at a plenary session of a large international conference held by the UN Institute for Social Development at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in October. read more »

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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 »


Climate Change, Inequality & Social Policy Seminars 3 Nov 2016

CISPS | Climate change, inequality and social policy

The first of this new seminar series will feature Prof. Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at CASE and Associate at Grantham. read more »

Grantham Workshop 3 Feb 2016

Grantham Workshop | Ian Gough 'Climate change, inequality and the recomposition of consumption'

Ian Gough, Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath, will be the speaker for this seminar. … read more »


Policy Seminars 20 Oct 2011

Compensating for Climate Mitigation: can social policies ameliorate the regressive effects?

Part of the ‘Climate Change and Environment Seminar Series: Michaelmas Term 2011’, hosted jointly by the Grantham Research Institute, the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and LSE’s Department … read more »

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