Rees, Judith

Professor Dame Judith Rees  


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Experience keywords:

climate change adaptation; environmental regulation; institutional adaptation; private sector utility enterprises; privatisation; public sector utility enterprises; regulatory regimes; risk regulation; sustainable development; voluntary measures; water sector

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Professor Rees's key research interests focus on the governance of environmental resources and risk, including institutional design, public-private partnerships regulation and use of market mechanisms, with specific interest in the water sector.


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

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Leck, Hayley and Conway, Declan and Bradshaw, Michael and Rees, Judith A. (2015) Tracing the water-energy-food nexus: description, theory and practice Geography Compass, 9 (8). 445-460. ISSN 1749-8198


Rees, Judith A. and Winpenny, James and Hall, Alan W. (2008) Water financing and governance TEC Background Papers, Global Water Partnership, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 9789158321704


Rees, Judith A. (2006) Urban water and sanitation services; an IWRM approach TEC Background Papers, Global Water Partnership, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 9185321648


Bissix, Glyn and Rees, Judith A. (2001) Can strategic ecosystem management succeed in multiagency environments? Ecological Applications, 11 (2). 570-583. ISSN 1051-0761


Hood, Christopher and Rothstein, Henry and Baldwin, Robert and Rees, Judith and Spackman, Michael (1999) Where risk society meets the regulatory state: exploring variations in risk regulation regimes Risk Management, 1 (1). 21-34. ISSN 1460-3799

Hood, Christopher and Rothstein, Henry and Spackman, Michael and Rees, Judith and Baldwin, Robert (1999) Explaining risk regulation regimes: exploring the 'minimal feasible response' hypothesis Health, Risk and Society, 1 (2). 151-166. ISSN 1369-8575


Rees, Judith A. and Synott, Michael (1986) Are the water authorities an attractive proposition? Public Money, 6 (1). 46-51. ISSN 0261-1252


Rees, Judith A. (1982) Profligacy and scarcity: an analysis of water management in Australia Geoforum, 13 (4). 289-300. ISSN 0016-7185

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Judith was Deputy Director of LSE from 1998 to 2004, and Acting Director from May 2011 until September 2012. She is President of the Royal Geographical Society and was Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy from 2008 until 2012. Judith has acted as advisor and consultant to a number of international organisations, government departments and NGO’s including the World Bank, UNDP and the EC/Rio Group, CPRE and Friends of the Earth. The advice has covered a range of water and environment related topics including the regulation of public and private water utilities, the provision of urban water and sanitation, sustainable development, pricing, institutional design and regulatory regimes in environmental management. She was member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership from 1996 until 2009. Judith has also been chair of the Training and Development Board and member of the central Council at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), from 2004 to 2010. Judith was awarded the title of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 and DBE in 2013.

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