Dr Rebecca Elliott

I joined the London School of Economics in 2016 as an Assistant Professor, after receiving my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. My research interests span economic sociology, political sociology, environmental sociology, and knowledge production and science studies. I am particularly interested in how the environmental impacts of climate change are confronted as economic problems. My current book project, based on my dissertation, is a multi-method study of the economic and political governance of climate change. With flood insurance as its empirical lens, it examines transformations in the calculation and distribution of flood risk as the American state responds to the rising costs of flood losses. This project has also generated two articles, one on the emotional dimensions of calculation and the other on moral claims and risk classification. My previous work also focused on the intersection of the economic and environmental, with a study of the social differentiation dynamics underpinning “green” consumption. In a quite different vein, I am also collaborating on a project about wine classification in the U.S. and France, which engages questions of expertise, culture, taste, and the institutionalization of judgments about “quality.”

Selected Work

Journal Publications

“The taste for green: The possibilities and dynamics of status differentiation through “green” consumption.” Poetics 41(3): 294-322.

Under review

“Conflicted Calculations: Climate Change and the Mapping and Pricing of Flood Risk in New York City”

“Who Pays for the Next Wave?
Flood Risk Classification, Climate Change, and the American State”

Work in Progress

Underwater: Floods and the Governance of Climate Change Risk in the United States, book project

“The Type and the Grade: On the Institutional Scaffolding of the Judgment of Taste,” with Marion Fourcade (University of California, Berkeley) and Olivier Jacquet (Université de Bourgogne).


 Rebecca Elliott