This keynote lecture explored: why, despite thirty years of diplomatic effort, global collective action on climate change has failed; how climate diplomacy can be made more effective; and what past and ongoing diplomatic failures imply for future climate diplomacy.


Scott Barrett is Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics; Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Earth Institute, Columbia University. He is the Centennial (Visiting) Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science and Alliance (Visiting) Professor, Sciences Po. He is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication.


Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment from September 2021. Elizabeth Robinson worked at the University of Reading and before that she has variously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Natural Resources Institute, and as a tutorial fellow in economics at the University of Oxford. Elizabeth is an environmental economist with over twenty five years’ experience undertaking research particularly in lower-income countries.

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The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@GRI_LSE) was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series imagining what the world could look like after the crisis, and how we get there.

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