Case Studies

The mission of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy is to advance public and private action on climate change through rigorous, innovative research into economics and policy.

The Centre engages with decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors about its research to promote informed actions on climate change.

These engagements usually take place over many months and years and involve meetings, conferences, seminars, the production of policy reports, and many other forms of outreach.

We provide here some case studies illustrating the engagements that the Centre has undertaken with decision-makers about key issues in climate change economics and policy.


Low-carbon cities – cutting emissions and improving lives in the world’s evolving cities

Researchers in CCCEP, led by Professor Andy Gouldson at the University of Leeds, are helping cities to switch to low-carbon development paths, both in the UK and internationally. More than half the world’s people now live in urban areas, and cities account for nearly three-quarters of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Forecasts suggest the […]


Institutions, Climate Services and Adaptation: water resource planning under uncertainty in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka

Uncertainty about the regional impacts of climate change and rapidly changing socio-economic conditions make long-term planning of water resources problematic. Robust Decision Making (RDM) approaches seek to identify strategies that work reasonably well across large ranges of uncertain future conditions. This research project will use the RDM approach to study water resource planning under uncertainty […]


Putting a price on carbon

The Stern Review on the economics of climate change (2006) estimated the total cost of unmanaged climate change to be equivalent to a one-off, permanent loss of at least 5 per cent, and perhaps as much as 20 percent, in global mean per person spending in today’s money. The damage caused by each extra tonne […]



Climate change and flood insurance

Dr Swenja Surminski and her colleagues at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy have been investigating efforts by the UK Government and the insurance industry to reform flood insurance in the UK, and ensured that plans for a new scheme have taken into account the impacts of climate change. In 2013, the […]


Climate change policy and economic growth

Nicholas Stern (Co-Chair), Dimitri Zenghelis (Acting Chief Economist) and other members of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy made significant contributions to the inaugural report of the New Climate Economy project by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The Commission’s report, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’, was originally conceived as a […]


Informing international negotiations about pathways of greenhouse gas emissions

Researchers at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy have explored pathways for annual emissions of greenhouse gases that will allow the world to avoid dangerous climate change. The research by Professor Lord Stern of Brentford, Dr Nicola Ranger and Dr Alex Bowen was extremely influential in informing the United Nations climate change […]


Reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System

Dr Luca Taschini and his colleagues at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy have been studying carbon markets associated with ‘cap-and-trade’ systems around the world. The first major, and largest, ‘cap-and-trade’ system was launched by the European Union in 2005. Although the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has successfully helped […]