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
- ‘A very human business’—Transnational networking initiatives and domestic climate action
31 Jan 2019. Michal Nachmany
- National Governance The state’s role in steering polycentric action
30 Apr 2018. Joana Setzer, Michal Nachmany
- The GLOBE climate legislation study
18 Jan 2014. Michal Nachmany, Carolina B Pavese, Philip Schleifer
- Book Review: Regulation Theory and Sustainable Development: Business Leaders and Ecological Modernization
1 Jan 2014. Michal Nachmany
- How national legislation can help to solve climate change
25 Apr 2013. Sam Fankhauser, Michal Nachmany
- Book Review: Local climate action planning
20 Jun 2012. Michal Nachmany
- Trends in climate change legislation
1 Jan 2018
- National laws and policies on climate change adaptation: a global review
Policy publications, 9 Dec 2019
- Aligning national and international climate targets
Policy publications, 29 Oct 2018
- Climate change governance in Tanzania: challenges and opportunities
Policy publications, 22 Oct 2018
- Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 snapshot
Policy publications, 8 Nov 2017
- Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 update
Policy publications, 9 May 2017
- Walking alone? How the UK’s carbon targets compare with its competitors’
Policy publications, 18 Mar 2014
- Sunny with a chance of solar – Israel’s climate change policies
Policy publications, 20 Jun 2012
- Energy efficiency in local authorities in Israel
Policy publications, 20 Jun 2009
- TV Interview with Sky News on President Trump’s UK state visit (on twitter.com)
4 Jun 2019
- Radio interview on the latest climate and biodiversity reports (on talkradio.co.uk)
14 May 2019
- Radio interview on UK flood risk (on talkradio.co.uk)
12 May 2019
- A personal and professional perspective on the school ‘climate strike’
15 Feb 2019
- Quantifying ambitions: how do countries’ domestic climate change targets align with their commitments to the Paris Agreement?
29 Oct 2018
- Mary Robinson: ‘climate justice’ must play a key role in the Paris Agreement (on theconversation.com)
16 Mar 2016
- Opec faces a mortal threat from electric cars (on www.telegraph.co.uk)
23 Dec 2015
- Don’t let national politics stand in the way of the progress made at the Paris climate conference (on www.independent.co.uk)
14 Dec 2015
- Paris leaves lot of hard work to do (on www.koreatimes.co.kr)
14 Dec 2015
- The climate summit can deliver (on )
1 Dec 2015