Prof. Giles Atkinson

Prof. Giles Atkinson

Managing Natural Capital, Professor of Environmental Policy Associate Prof. Environmental Policy

Giles is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at LSE. An environmental economist by training, Giles has published extensively on the subject of the sustainability of economic development. Much of this research has examined how policy-makers can construct better measures of economic progress through, for example, wealth accounting and natural capital accounting.

His work additionally focuses on environmental cost-benefit analysis (CBA) -- including his co-authoring two flagship books on this topic published in 2006 and 2018 by OECD - as well as environmental equity and distributional impacts of environmental policy. Outside of LSE, Giles was a Member of the UK Natural Capital Committee, the Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) for the World Bank's WAVES partnership (Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services), the Advisory Board for TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) and the Steering Group for the Natural Capital Accounting Project of the ONS (UK Office for National Statistics).