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Professor of Environmental Policy
Department of Geography & Environment
Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 6809
Room: STC 3.02, St Clement's Building, LSE
Giles is Professor of Environmental Policy and is currently Head of the Environmental Economics and Policy Research Cluster in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at LSE.
An environmental economist by training, Giles has published extensively on the subject of the sustainability of economic development. Much of this research has examined how policy-makers can construct better measures of economic progress through, for example, wealth accounting and natural capital accounting. His work additionally focuses on cost-benefit analysis and the environment and the valuation of natural capital.
Outside of LSE, Giles is currently a member of the:
He was a member of the UK Natural Capital Committee (NCC) from 2012 to 2015, an independent body advising HM Government on sustainable use of natural capital, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) until 2015.
Selected recent publications:
Giles Atkinson and Nancy Holman have written an impact case study on 'Accounting for nature as a valuable asset'. Read the case study.
Giles Atkinson has given a keynote presentation on 'ESPA beyond the field: the view 'to' and 'from' national perspectives on the sustainability of development' at the ESPA (Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation) 2015 Annual Science Conference.
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.