Giles Atkinson

Professor of Environmental Policy

Department of Geography & Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 6809

Room: STC 3.02, St Clement's Building, LSE 

Giles joined the Department of Geography and Environment in 1999. Prior to this he was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University College London and University of East Anglia.

An environmental economist by training, Giles’s research interests cover a number of aspects of environmental policy and appraisal. In particular, Giles has published extensively on the subject of sustainable development. Much of this research has examined how policy-makers might construct better measures of economic progress through 'green accounting', particularly comprehensive measures of (genuine) saving.

Giles is currently a member of the UK Natural Capital Committee (NCC), an independent body advising HM Government on sustainable use of natural capital. He is also a member of the following advisory groups: the Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) for the World Bank's WAVES partnership (Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services); the Steering Group for the Natural Capital Accounting Project of the ONS (UK Office for National Statistics); and, the Advisory Board for TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity).

Affiliations/professional activities with other institutions:

  • Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment (Associate)
  • Centre for Social and Environmental Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University of East Anglia (Honorary Fellow)
  • Sustainable development
  • Green accounting
  • Environmental valuation and cost-benefit analysis
  • Environmental equity

Selected recent publications:

  • Jones, Julia P. G., Collen, Ben, Atkinson, Giles, Baxter, Peter W., Bubb, Philip, Illian, Janine B., Katzner, Todd E., Keane, Aidan, Loh, Jonathan, McDonald-Madden, Eve, Nicholson, Emily, Pereira, Henrique M., Possingham, Hugh P., Pullin, Andrew S., Rodrigues, Ana S. L., Ruiz-Gutierrez, Viviana, Sommerville, Matthew and Milner-Gulland, E. J. (2011) The why, what, and how of global biodiversity indicators beyond the 2010 target. Conservation biology, 25 (3). pp. 450-457. ISSN 0888-8892
  • 'Siblings, Not Triplets: Social preferences for risk, inequality and time in discounting climate change', Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 3, 2009. (with Simon Dietz, Jenn Helgeson, Cameron Hepburn and Hakon Sælen).
  • 'Are We Willing to Pay Enough to "Back the Bid"? Valuing the intangible impacts of hosting the summer Olympic Games', Urban Studies, 45(2): 419-444, 2008, (with Susana Mourato and Stefan Szymanski and Ece Ozdemiroglu)
  • 'Progress Along the Path: Evolving issues in the measurement of genuine saving', Environmental and Resource Economics, 37(1):43-61, 2007, (with Kirk Hamilton)
  • Handbook of Sustainable Development, 2007, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (edited with Simon Dietz and Eric Neumayer)
  • Wealth, Welfare and Sustainability: Advances in measuring sustainable development, 2006, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (with Kirk Hamilton)
  • Recent Developments in Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Environment, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Paris: OECD, 2006, (with David Pearce and Susana Mourato)
  • 'Savings, Growth and the Resource Curse Hypothesis', World Development, 31 (11),2003 (with Kirk Hamilton)

Dr. Giles Atkinson has been appointed as a member of the Natural Capital Committee, designed to help the UK government to support and improve the UK’s natural assets. Reporting to the Economic Affairs Committee and the Chancellor, the Natural Capital Committee has the opportunity to truly influence the economic policy of the UK for the good of the natural environment.



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