Charles Palmer

Assistant Professor of Environment and Development; Director of MSc Environment & Development

Department of Geography and Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7107 5093

Room: KGS 2.06, King's Chambers, LSE 

Charles Palmer joined the Department of Geography and Environment in September 2009. Previously he was a Senior Researcher at the Chair of Environmental Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany.

He primarily works in the fields of environmental and development economics, has published widely, and has worked for a number of international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia. His current research includes the continuation of work on forest management and land-use change in tropical countries, as well as work on urban land use and research on similar topics in his home country, the UK).

  • Environmental and development economics
  • Contracting for natural resource use
  • Mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change
  • Institutions and property rights
  • Instruments for environmental policy

Selected recent publications:



New simulation tool tackles deforestation and poverty

A new simulation tool designed to help local Bolivian communities reduce deforestation and tackle poverty has been developed by academics and conservationists around the world - and LSE academics are among them.

The tool, called SimPachamama, is based on extensive scientific research of a real-life Amazonian community and simulates the actions and behaviour of villagers near the agricultural frontier in Bolivia. Read more.

Fred Pearce

VIDEO & AUDIO: The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth

Discussing the controversial practice of ‘Land grabbing’ by foreign entities in Africa, South-east Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, described as 'the most profound ethical, environmental, economic and social issue in the world today'.

Environment, science, and development writer Fred Pearce is joined by LSE's Charles Palmer and Anthony Hall.

Charles Palmer Bolivia

VIDEO: The REDD Dilemma

Charles Palmer and colleagues examine deforestation in Bolivia and the process of constructing fair and effective mechanisms that will help reduce both excessive deforestation and rural poverty without participating in a global carbon emissions trading scheme.

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