Michael Grubb is Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at University College London (Institute of Sustainable Resources), editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy, and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Energy Policy to the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the Energy Regulator Ofgem). His former positions include Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University (Faculty of Economics, Department of Land Economy); Chair of the international research organization Climate Strategies; Chief Economist at the Carbon Trust; Professor of Climate Change and Energy Policy at Imperial College London; and head of Energy and Environment at Chatham House, and he continues to be associated with these institutions.
Professor Grubb has also served on 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 2013 he was the Specialist Advisor to a House of Lords European Committee enquiry. ‘No Country is an Energy Island: securing investment for the EU's Future' (2013). In his roles with Climate Strategies he has overseen a wide range of work on carbon pricing, competitiveness, EU ETS design and lessons learned from the ETS. His work as Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy includes oversight of two Special Issues on China and work with Tsinghua University on ETS design; and at UCL he led the international stream of the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change led jointly between UCL and Tsinghua University.
Michael Grubb is author of eight books, fifty journal research articles and numerous other publications. He has held many advisory positions with governments, companies and international studies on climate change and energy policy, and has been a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on mitigation, including the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. His book Planetary Economics, whichbrings together the lessons from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies, was published in March 2014: it has received widespread accolade as a ‘seminal’ contribution, ‘comprehensive and profoundly important’ for its presentation of a new approach to both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical policies for tackling energy and climate change challenges, including strategies around the role, design and political economy of carbon pricing systems. A Chinese translation of Planetary Economics is due to be published in Autumn 2015.