Email Tom McDermott
Alumni & former staff
Former Research Officer
Tom was a researcher with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment from September 2012 until December 2014. His research primarily focused on the relationship between climate and economic development.
In particular, his work to date has looked at the macroeconomic effects of natural disasters and the relationship between environmental volatility and long-term economic development.
Tom holds a PhD from the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), where he was supervised by Frank Barry and Richard Tol, and an M.Sc. in Economics from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also been a visiting researcher at the United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), in Helsinki. He was previously employed as a full time economics lecturer at Dublin City University and currently teaches a master’s seminar on ‘Climate change: Science, economics and policy’ (GY427) at the Department of Geography and the Environment at LSE.
- The economics of natural disasters;
- Comparative economic development and the spatial distribution of income;
- Issues of equity in relation to climate change policy;
- Decision-making under uncertainty;
- The evolution of economic behaviours such as cooperation.