Su-Lin Garbett-Shiels

Visiting Fellow

Su-Lin is an Economist and Policy Advisor at the UK Department for International Development (DFID)|. She leads on UK policy in the area of climate resilient growth in developing countries, climate insurance and the role of the private sector in adaptation. She also supports Lord Stern's work.


Before joining DFID in January 2010, Su-Lin worked in the Stern team at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). In this role, she supported Lord Stern's participation in international high-level advisory groups, including meetings of the UN ECOSOC Committee, UNFCCCC Conference of the Parties, African Union Heads of State and US Senate Committees.

At DECC, she led the UK government's investment into regional studies of the economics of climate change and sat on the steering committee of the Asian Development Bank's Study on South East Asia. She also led the analytical work for the Grantham Research Institute on the Possibilities for Africa in Global Action on Climate Change, as commissioned by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.

Su-Lin served as Private Secretary to Lord Nicholas Stern, then Head of the Government Economic Service and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Development and Climate Change from 2006 to 2007.

She began her career at the Her Majesty's Treasury, where she worked as an economist in the UK macroeconomic assessment teams, with a special focus on labour market and regional economic issues.

Su-Lin gained her BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol, spending a year of her degree course at l'Université des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse, France.

She has published in the field of climate policy.

Research programmes

Research interests

  • Adaptation to climate change in developing countries;
  • Decision making under uncertainty;
  • International climate policy.

Contact details

Please note that Su-Lin is currently on maternity leave and not responding to emails.