Professor Simon Dietz

Professor Simon Dietz

Professor of Environmental Policy

Department of Geography and Environment

020 7955 7589
Room No
PEL.11.01.C and CKK 4.07
Office Hours
By email appointment
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Key Expertise
environmental economics, climate change, sustainable finance

About me

Simon Dietz is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also affiliated with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, of which he is a co-founder and former director.

Simon is an environmental economist with diverse interests, from climate change to biodiversity and from decision theory to growth theory, however he is probably best known for his work on the social cost of carbon emissions and its relationship with issues in welfare economics such as discounting, and risk and uncertainty aversion. In recent years he has also focused on corporate climate action and is the lead researcher on the Transition Pathway Initiative, an investor-led project to assess the progress that large, multi-national corporations are making on the transition to a low-carbon economy.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Research Associate of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, a CESifo Research Network Fellow, a Principal consultant at Vivid Economics, and is co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


EAERE Award for Outstanding Publication in the journal Environmental and Resource Economics 2013
Finance for the Future Award for Driving Change Through Education, Training & Academia, 2018
European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty, 2018

Expertise Details

climate change; environmental economics; sustainable development

Selected publications

  • “The endowment effect, discounting and the environment” (with Frank Venmans), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, (download)
  • “Cumulative carbon emissions and economic policy: in search of general principles” (with Frank Venmans), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 96, 108-129, 2019 (download)
  • “Ambiguity and insurance: capital requirements and premiums” (with Oliver Walker), Journal of Risk and Insurance, 86(1), 213-235, 2019 (link to journal) (download accepted version)
  • “An assessment of climate action by high-carbon global corporations” (with Charles Fruitiere, Carlota Garcia-Manas, William Irwin, Bruno Rauis and Rory Sullivan), Nature Climate Change8, 1072-175, 2018 (download)
  • “The economics of 1.5°C climate change” (with Alex Bowen, Baran Doda, Ajay Gambhir and Rachel Warren), Annual Review of Environment and Resources43, 18.1-18.26, 2018 (download)
  • “Economic growth and agricultural land conversion under uncertain productivity improvements in agriculture” (with Bruno Lanz and Tim Swanson), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 100(2), 545–569, 2018 (download)
  • “The climate beta” (with Christian Gollier and Louise Kessler), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management87, 258-274, 2018 (download)
  • “The expansion of modern agriculture and global biodiversity decline: an integrated assessment” (with Bruno Lanz and Tim Swanson), Ecological Economics144, 260-277, 2018 (link to journal) (download accepted version)
  • “Global population growth, technology, and Malthusian constraints: a quantitative growth theoretic perspective” (with Bruno Lanz and Tim Swanson), International Economic Review58(3), 973-1006, 2017 (link to journal) (download accepted version)
  • “The risk of climate ruin” (with Oliver Bettis and Nick Silver), Climatic Change140(2), 109-118, 2017 (download)
  • “Domestic politics and the formation of international environmental agreements” (with Carmen Marchiori and Alessandro Tavoni), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management81, 115-131, 2017 (download)
  • “Climate Value at Risk’ of global financial assets” (with Alex Bowen, Philip Gradwell and Charlie Dixon), Nature Climate Change6, 676-679, 2016 (link to journal) (download accepted version)

My research