Staff Profile:Professor Elizabeth Robinson

Name:
Professor Elizabeth Robinson
Job Title:
Professor of Environmental Economics
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I am an environmental economist, specialising in the management of natural resources in low and middle income countries. I have 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. I have lived and worked in Tanzania and Ghana for over six years, and spent a sabbatical at Peking University, Beijing, China. I am 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. I also hold an associate position at the University of Gothenburg, and here at the University of Reading I am a research associate with the Walker Institute for Climate System Research.

I am 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.

I welcome enquiries and applications from prospective PhD students who are interested in working on related issues.

My current research projects include:

  • 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.
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  • Robinson, E. J. Z. and Maganga, F. (2009) The implications of improved communications for participatory forest management in Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology, 47. pp. 171-178. ISSN 1365-2028 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2028.2008.01066.x (Issue supplement S1. Special Issue: Ecosystem changes and implications on livelihoods of rural communities in Africa)
  • Abate, T., Albergel, J., Armbrecht, I., Avato, P., Bajaj, S., Beintema, N., Ben Zid, R., Brown, R., Butler, L. M., Dreyfus, F., Feldman, S., Ebi, K. L., Gana, A., Gonzales, T., Gurib-Fakim, A., Heinemann, J., Herrman, T., Hilbeck, A., Hurni, H., Huyer, S., Jiggins, J., Kagwanja, J., Kairo, M., Kingakono, R. R., Kranjac-Berisaljevic, G., Latiri, K., Leakey, R., Lefort, M., Lock, K., Herrman, T., Mekonnen, Y., Murrey, D., Nathan, D., Ndlovu, L., Osman-Elasha, B., Perfecto, I., Plenovich, C., Raina, R., Robinson, E. J. Z., Roling, N., Rosegrant, M., Rosenthal, E., Shah, W. P., Stone, J. M. R., Suleri, A. and Yang, H. (2009) Executive summary of the synthesis report. In: Agriculture at a Crossroads. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Washington, DC, USA, pp25.
  • Butler, L. M., Leakey, R., Albergel, J. and Robinson, E. J. Z. (2009) Natural resources management. In: Executive summary of the synthesis report. Agriculture at a Crossroads. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 59-64.
  • Markwei, C., Ndlovu, L., Robinson, E. J. Z. and Shah, W. (2009) Options for action: generation, access and application of AKST. In: Subglobal Reports: Sub Saharan Africa. Agriculture at a crossroads, V. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 97-128.

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Qualifications:
BA; PhD
Dr Elizabeth Robinson

Contact Details

Email:
e.j.robinson@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 5039

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