Professor Elizabeth Robinson joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, as its Director, in September 2021.

Elizabeth is an environmental economist with over twenty five years’ experience undertaking research particularly in lower-income countries, including six while living in Tanzania and Ghana. Her research addresses the design of policies and institutions to reduce climate change emissions, protect the environment, and improve the livelihoods of resource-dependent communities. She works on climate change and systemic risk; and tracking the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health, oriented particularly around food security and food systems. From 2004-09 she was coordinating lead author for the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, sub-Saharan Africa. She was on the UK Defra Economic Advisory Panel for five years; and in 2019-20, Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health, and Environment. She is Working Group 1 lead for the Lancet Countdown, that addresses climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability.


Elizabeth has previously worked at University of Reading, Boston Consulting Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Natural Resources Institute, and Oxford University. She has a first-class degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management from Oxford University, and a PhD from Stanford University.

Research interests

  • The design of environmental policy instruments
  • Climate change and health
  • Climate change and food security


Research - 2024

Building from the first report, the 2023 report of the Lancet Countdown Latin America, presents 34 indicators that track the relationship between health and climate change up to 2022, aiming at providing evidence to public decision-making with the purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of Latin American populations and reducing social inequities through climate actions focusing on health. Read more

Research - 2023

The authors of this people propose a framework for the co-production of policy-relevant indicators and decision-support tools that track past, present, and future climate-induced disease risks across hazard, exposure, and vulnerability domains at the animal, human, and environmental interface. Read more

Research - 2022

The authors of this paper investigate the extent to which current changes in food insecurity can be plausibly attributed to climate change. They combine food insecurity data for 83 countries from the FAO food insecurity experience scale (FIES) with reanalysed climate data from ERA5-Land, and use a panel data regression with time-varying coefficients. Read more

Research - 2021


Policy - 2024

Policy - 2023

This report consists of written evidence to the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry on environmental change and food security. It states that UK’s Food Strategy of 2022 does not sufficiently factor climate risks into building resilient domestic food supply chains and suggests measures that the Government could take to increase food security while providing climate mitigation and health co-benefits. Read more

Policy - 2022


Events - 2022

Events - 2021


News - 2024

News - 2023

News - 2022

News - 2021

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