The ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) brings together some of the world’s leading researchers on climate change economics and policy, from many different disciplines. It was established in 2008 and its first phase ended on 30 September 2013. Its second phase commenced on 1 October 2013.
The Centre is hosted jointly by the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is chaired by Professor Lord Stern of Brentford. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The Centre’s mission is to advance public and private action on climate change through rigorous, innovative research.
Phase 3 of CCCEP consists of seven projects. They complement and build on the five research themes under phase 2 and leverage associated projects carried out at the Grantham Research Institute and in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.
The ESRC Centre has seven research themes during its third phase:
- Low-carbon, climate-resilient cities
- Sustainable infrastructure finance
- Low-carbon industrial strategies in challenging contexts
- Integrating climate and development policies for ‘climate compatible development’
- Competitiveness in the low-carbon economy
- Incentives for behaviour change
- Climate information for adaptation
The ESRC Centre has five integrated research themes during its second phase:
- Understanding green growth and climate-compatible development
- Advancing climate finance and investment
- Evaluating the performance of climate policies
- Managing climate risks and uncertainties and strengthening climate services
- Enabling rapid transitions in mitigation and adaptation
The ESRC Centre’s five interlinked research programmes during its first phase were:
- Developing climate science and economics
- Climate change governance for a new global deal
- Adaptation to climate change and human development
- Governments, markets and climate change mitigation
- The Munich Re Programme – evaluating the economics of climate risks and opportunities in the insurance sector
The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy has been funded since its foundation in 2008 by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. The first phase of funding extended from 2008 until 2013. At the end of the first phase, the Economic and Social Research Council undertook a mid-term review of the Centre, and subsequently awarded it a second phase of funding for the period between 2013 and 2018. Details of the submission by the Centre to the Economic and Social Research Council for the mid-term review are available here.
An Advisory Group provides advice about the general strategy of CCCEP.
The management group, led by the directors at LSE and the University of Leeds, ensures the achievement of the ESRC Centre’s mission and its policy and research objectives.
The activities of the ESRC Centre complement the work of LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds.