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Elizabeth Robinson

Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Reading

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.


  • –present
    Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Reading