Elizabeth joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, as its Director, in September 2021.
Elizabeth Robinson 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. Her recent focus includes 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; and a Member of the global and sub-Saharan Africa design teams. 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.
Before joining the Grantham Research Institute at LSE in 2021, Elizabeth worked at the University of Reading for ten years, and prior to 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.
- The design of environmental policy instruments
- Climate change and health
- Climate change and food security
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
This is the first paper to track food insecurity and its determinants during the pandemic using multi-country and multi-wave evidence. Read more
Research - 2021
This paper provides micro-founded evidence needed to design policies that both improve agricultural yields in the context of a changing climate and target households’ abilities to cope with shocks that put upwards pressure on food prices. Read more
The Lancet Countdown is an international collaboration that independently monitors the health consequences of a changing climate. Publishing updated, new, and improved... Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food security across the world. As governments respond in different ways both with regards to... Read more
Events - 2022
Events - 2021
News - 2021
Elizabeth Robinson discusses the COP26 climate summit in this BBC Radio 5 discussion programme. Starts approximately 2 hours in.Adrian Chiles,... Read more
In this BBC News interview Elizabeth Robinson outlines key priorities for the COP26 climate summit.BBC News, 1 November 2021 Read more