Judith also holds the following positions:


Judith was Director of the Grantham Research Insitute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy from 2008 until 2012.

Judith was Deputy Director of LSE from 1998 to 2004, and Acting Director from May 2011 until September 2012.

Judith has acted as advisor and consultant to a number of international organisations, government departments and NGO’s including the World Bank, UNDP and the EC/Rio Group, CPRE and Friends of the Earth. The advice has covered a range of water and environment related topics including the regulation of public and private water utilities, the provision of urban water and sanitation, sustainable development, pricing, institutional design and regulatory regimes in environmental management.

She was member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership from 1996 until 2009. Judith has also been chair of the Training and Development Board and member of the central Council at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), from 2004 to 2010.

Judith was awarded the title of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 and DBE in 2013.

Please note that Professor Rees is no longer able to accept requests to supervise PhD students.

Research interests

  • The governance of environmental resources and risk;
  • Institutional design;
  • Climate change adaptation;
  • Public-private partnerships regulation;
  • Use of market mechanisms;
  • The water sector.


Research - 2015


Events - 2018

Events - 2017

Events - 2015

Events - 2014


News - 2014

Next Friday, 28th February, the Grantham Research Institute and Department of Law will be staging a mock trial, with support from legal experts at Matrix Chambers. The prosecution and defence teams will set out the case for and against the baby boomer generation in respect to their contribution towards global climate change Read more

News - 2013

News - 2012

News - 2011

Professor Judith Rees, Director of the Grantham Research Institute, has been appointed interim director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The School's Council asked her to accept the post from 2 May 2011 until such time as a permanent Director can take up the office. Read more

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