Informal Thematic Debate
Climate Change as a Global Challenge

Sir Nicholas Stern

IG Patel Professor of Economics, heading a new India Observatory within the LSE's Asia Research Centre. Adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development, reporting to the Prime Minister from 2003-2007. Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. Head of the Government Economic Service. From 2003-2005, Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury and from 2004-2005, Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa. Currently Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

From 2000-2003, World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Development Economics in July 2000. From 1994 until late 1999, Chief Economist and Special Counsellor to the President European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Before 1994 mostly in academic life: including 1986-1993 at the London School of Economics (LSE), Sir John Hicks Chair in Economics. Taught and researched at many places including Oxford and Warwick universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the People’s University of China in Beijing.

Research and publications have focused on economic development and growth, economic theory, tax reform, public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition. First books were on tea in Kenya and the Green Revolution in India (where he lived for 8 months in a village in Northern India in 1974/75). Has written books on crime and the criminal statistics in the UK and a few on public finance and development. His most recent book “Growth & Empowerment: Making Development Happen” was published in April 2005. The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was published in October 2006 ( He has published more than 100 articles.

Served on committees of OXFAM, ODA, and the UN. A Fellow of the British Academy (July 1993), Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998). BA Cambridge (Mathematics), D.Phil Oxford (Economics), Honorary Doctorates: University of Warwick, University of Cambridge, Honorary Fellow St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Honorary Fellow Peterhouse, Cambridge.