Elizabeth Robinson is an environmental economist, specialising in the management of natural resources in low and middle income countries. She has first class honours degree from Oxford University in Engineering, Economics, and Management; and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University in the US, where my thesis addressed the evolution of property rights over land within an optimal enforcement framework. She has lived and worked in Tanzania and Ghana for over six years, and spent a sabbatical at Peking University, Beijing, China. She's currently on the journal Environment and Development Economics editorial board; co-editor for Environmental and Resource Economics; and a Research Associate with the Sida-funded Environment for Development Initiative. She also holds an associate position at the University of Gothenburg, and at the University of Reading she's a research associate with the Walker Institute for Climate System Research.
She's particularly interested in the interface between people and natural resources, with an emphasis on forest and marine-based livelihoods; and the links between climate change, food security, and health.
She welcomes enquiries and applications from prospective PhD students who are interested in working on related issues.
Current research projects:
- The Lancet Countdown, which tracks the connections between public health and climate change. I coordinate the first working group which addresses the exposure and vulnerability of people to climate change, and I am also a member of the Lancet Countdown board. If you are interested in the linkages between climate change and health, please check out the Lancet Countdown website, which includes a podcast that I did in 2017.
- Sentinel: Social and environmental trade-offs in African agriculture, a research initiative led by IIED, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK Research Councils.
- GCRF Trade Development and the Environment Hub, which addresses how the trade of resources, whether sourced from the wild, such as bushmeat, or cultivated, such as palm oil, impacts people and the environment. The project is led by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
- UK-China Cooperation on Climate Change Risk Assessment: Developing Indicators of Climate Risk, led by the Climate Change Committee, and funded by the FCO Prosperity Fund. Our final report is available here.