The London School of Economics And Political Science

Founding Partner

The London School of Economics’ interest is in catalysing its interdisciplinary expertise to increase global knowledge and understanding of sustainability, promote better informed decision-making in policy and practice, and train a new generation of sustainability leaders.

Although grounded in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the programme will also draw on expertise in the economics and social sciences of sustainable development from across LSE, bringing together researchers from a wider range of relevant disciplines.

LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The major forestLAB research focus areas for LSE in equatorial Africa are

  • Refining estimates

    of natural capital stocks, utilising geospatial data and other methodologies.

  • Exploring mechanisms

    to monetise ecosystem services, quantifying REDD+ mechanisms and designing conservation finance products.

  • Designing engagement strategies

    to engender community cooperation and ensure social licence to operate.

  • Strategic assesments

    Conducting strategic environmental assessments and integrated development planning.

  • Establishing socio-economic baselines

    and impact measurement against globally recognised frameworks, such as the UN SDGs.

  • Strengthening adaptive capacity

    for conservation and socio-economic concerns.

Research team

Prof. Declan Conway
"We are excited to launch this important research programme at a time when there is heightened awareness of the role of tropical forests in tackling climate change and biodiversity loss. We expect that our results will help decision-makers in the public and private sector to devise a pathway for sustainable economic development and growth that takes account of the enormous value of the continents natural capital."
— Prof. Declan Conway

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