Simon Dietz is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also one of the founders and is a current Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.
Simon is an environmental economist with diverse interests, from climate change to biodiversity and from decision theory to growth theory, however he is probably best known for his work on the social cost of carbon emissions and its relationship with issues in welfare economics such as discounting, and risk and uncertainty aversion.
As an undergraduate he studied Environmental Science at UEA Norwich and ETH Zürich, before completing an MSc and PhD at LSE in environmental policy and economics. In 2006-7 he was an analyst at the UK Treasury on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and played a leading role in the Review’s modelling of the ‘cost of inaction’.
He currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and from 2011 to 2015 he was on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He also works as a Principal for the consultancy Vivid Economics.