Michael Grubb

About Michael Grubb

Prof Michael Grubb

A leading international researcher on economic and policy dimensions of energy and climate change

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Michael Grubb is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London. Since leading the Energy and Environmental Programme at Chatham House in the 1990s, his career has combined a wide range of energy systems and climate change research with half-time implementation roles. Prior to UCL, he was employed at Imperial College London (Engineering and Environment) and then Cambridge University (Economics), conducting research alongside positions at the UK Carbon Trust (as Chief Economist, to 2010), the Energy Regulator, Ofgem (Senior Advisor, 2011-16), and subsequently chairing the UK government’s independent Panel of Technical Experts on Electricity Market Reform (2016-19).

Professor Grubb was one of the original members of the UK Climate Change Committee, established under the UK Climate Change Act to advise the government on future carbon budgets and to report to Parliament on their implementation. In 2018 Professor Grubb was appointed as Convening Lead Author for Chapter 1 of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – Mitigation.  Following completion of the report in 2022, he became Strategy Director for a major international research programme on the Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition.  

Academic contributions

Michael Grubb is author of eight books, over sixty journal research articles, and numerous other publications, making seminal contributions in areas of international climate policy, carbon pricing, and the economics of innovation.  

His book Planetary Economics* brings together lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, and in 2021 won the Marcel Boiteux prize for “outstanding book contributing to energy economics and its literature” by the International Association for Energy Economics.  It is increasingly widely used as a course book and underpins a core module in the UCL Masters Programme Economics and Policy of Energy and Environment, with a Second Edition due in 2023.

Further info and publications available at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/sustainable/people/prof-michael-grubb

Michael Grubb