Michal Nachmany

Policy Officer, LSE

Michal Nachmany

Michal leads the work on the Grantham Research Institute’s structured datasets and tools, creating relevant, comprehensive, and accessible knowledge sources to facilitate evidence-based decision-making – from national legislation and policy to low-carbon investment practices.

Since 2013 She has been leading the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate legislation and policy – taking it from a printed annual publication covering 33 countries to a dynamic online, open-access resource with global coverage and a wide engagement programme.

Since 2018 she has also been project managing the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) – an investor-led initiative to support companies’ transition to a low-carbon economy. Supported by investors with over £10.3/$13.3 trillion in assets under management, TPI tracks climate governance and emissions trajectories by the highest emitting companies worldwide, to facilitate evidence-based investor engagement and investment.

After completing her PhD Michal was a British Academy post-doctoral researcher, and her research and policy work have focused on issues of global and sub-Saharan climate legislation and governance.

She is a member of the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON), and is a (non-practicing) lawyer.


Michal holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Her research explored patterns of global diffusion of climate change policies, and the contribution of global networks to advancement of policies. She also has an MA (cum laude) in Energy Policy and Management from the University of Haifa, and an LLB in Law as well as an MBA (specialising in finance) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Until 2011, Michal worked at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, where, among others, she served on the professional advisory board for Israel’s national greenhouse gas mitigation plan, and was involved in drafting of environmental laws and policies. Prior to that, Michal headed competitive intelligence projects for multinational companies in the private sector.


Policy and research interests

  • Climate legislation and governance
  • Responsible investment – facilitating transition to a low carbon economy
  • Dynamics of policy diffusion

Recent media appearances

  • TV Interview with Sky News on President Trump’s climate policy, 2 June 2019
  • TV Interview with BBC World News on the students’ climate strike Assessment, 24 May 2019
  • Radio Interview on TalkRadio on recent international and UK climate change and biodiversity reports, 14 May 2019
  • Radio Interview on TalkRadio on increased flooding risk to the UK, 12 May 2019
  • Expert interview for “Living with Coal” – short documentary on UK’s latest coal mine
  • Panel debate on ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ – on student climate strike 14 February 2019
  • Radio Interview on behaviour change and climate with BBC Radio London, 1 January 2019
  • TV Interview with BBC News Channel on COP24 outcomes, 12 December 2018
  • TV Interview with BBC World News on the American National Climate Assessment, 24 November 2018

Recent events

  • Engagements at workshop on the Changing Role of the State in Climate Change Mitigation (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, May 22-23 2019):
    • Invited Keynote
    • Roundtable on importance and design of Climate Change Acts .
  • Speaking engagements at the international climate summit (COP24, Katowice, December 2018):
    • Invited presentation on adaptation governance, side event organised by the Korean Environment Institute
    • Chair of panel on climate change acts in Climate Law and Governance day
    • Invited speaker on trends in climate legislation and litigation, UNFCCC side event
  • Invited keynote opening presentation to International Federation of the Red Cross Regional Americas summit, on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management (Video Link to San José, Costa Rica, November 2018)
  • Presentation on climate legislation and litigation at the State of Transition Summit, to investors and carbon intensive industries (London Stock Exchange, July 2018)
  • Invited talk on climate Change: International Women’s day seminar for League of Jewish Women (London, March 2019)
  • Eco-Synagogue – invited talk at a climate change event, alongside Bishop of Salisbury, head of the UK Jewish Conservative movement, and others (London, January 2019)