Robinson, Elizabeth

  • Position: Professor of Environmental Economics
  • Company: University of Reading

Professor Elizabeth Robinson is an environmental economist with over twenty five years’ experience working in lower-income countries, including six living in Tanzania and Ghana, addressing the design of policies and institutions to enhance agricultural systems, protect the environment, and improve the livelihoods of resource-dependent communities. Her recent focus includes tracking the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health, oriented particularly around food security and food systems; and the social, environmental, and ecological trade offs of agricultural expansion. She has a first class degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, USA. Before joining the University of Reading she has variously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, the World Bank, Natural Resources Institute, as a tutorial fellow and lecturer in economics at Hugh’s College and the economics department at the University of Oxford. She was also on the UK's Defra Economic Advisory Panel for five years. In the past year Professor Robinson has spoken about climate change and biodiversity loss on the BBC News, BBC World Service Radio, and BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, and been featured in various print media.