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Chris Barrington-Leigh

Associate professor, Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment, McGill University

Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment, and is an associate member in McGill's Department of Economics. Chris' research interests lie in two fields. One is focused on empirical and quantitative assessments of human well-being, and their implications for economic, social, and environmental policy. He uses large international as well as national surveys, experiments, and theoretical modeling to understand individual and aggregate consumption benefits, and their implications for policy. His other research pursuit addresses issues in environmental economics, including energy transition in China, and the structure of urban road networks and their implication for development and climate policy. Chris received his doctorate in Economics at the University of British Columbia, was a Global Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2009-2014), and is a member of the Global Young Academy (2018-2021). He originally trained in upper atmospheric and space plasma physics at M.I.T., Stanford, and Berkeley.


  • 2011–present
    Associate Professor, McGill University