Ray of Hope? Innovation and the Climate Crisis

Hosted by LSE Environment Week

Old Theatre, Old Building


Professor Robin Burgess

Professor Robin Burgess

Professor John Van Reenen

Professor John Van Reenen

Professor Mar Reguant

Professor Mar Reguant

Pol Simpson

Pol Simpson


Professor Lord Stern

Professor Lord Stern

Dealing with climate change will require innovation and diffusion of new technologies. But how can we craft policies to best deliver this?

The panel will discuss new thinking and evidence from leading thinkers and practitioners on this vital subject, including detailed studies of one of the possible success stories – solar power. Does the rapid rise in the use of solar energy represent a ray of hope in addressing the climate crisis?

Meet our speakers and chair

Robin Burgess is Director of the IGC and a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme at the School.

John Van Reenen (@johnvanreenen) is the Director of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion. He is the Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor Department of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Digital Fellow, Initiative for the Digital Economy at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT).

Mar Reguant (@MarReguant) is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Northwestern University. Her research deals with the economics of energy, with an emphasis on electricity and the pollution associated with electricity generation.

Pol Simpson holds an MSc in Economics from University College London and a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. Before joining LSE, they worked as a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and as an economist in the UK Civil Service.

Nicholas Stern (@lordstern1) is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. President of the British Academy, July 2013 – 2017, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

More about this event

During LSE Environment Week we are using economics to address the climate crisis in a series of events convened by the Department of Economics (@LSEEcon), the Economics of Environment and Energy Programme (EEE), the International Growth Centre (@The_IGC) and the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (@POID_LSE).

This is one of three public events during LSE Environment Week, the others are:

20 September - Whatever It Takes – Is There A Plan B For Climate Change?

23 September - The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Wellbeing in Developing Countries.

This event is supported by the Hayek Programme in Economics and Liberal Political Economy (@STICERD_LSE).

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEEnvironmentWeek

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