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Dr. Charles Palmer

Assistant Professor of Environment and Development (Research Cluster: Environmental Economics and Policy)

Programme Director M.Sc. Environment and Development

Associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, Room: KGS.2.06 (Kings Chambers)

Tel: +44 (0) 207 107 5093, Fax: +44 (0) 207 955 7412



I joined the Department of Geography and Environment as a Lecturer in September 2009 (Assistant Professor as of 2013). Previously, I worked as a Senior Researcher at the Chair of Environmental Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Degrees held include a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, a M.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany.

I am an economist working at the interface of environment and development, specialising in 'green' issues such as those, for example, relating to rural development and deforestation. Typically, I apply both quantitative methods and conceptual frameworks to analyse environmental decision-making at the micro-level, e.g. household or village. Recent work has focused on land use and climate change, specifically on carbon sequestration contracts and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), the cost-effectiveness of policy to implement payments for environmental services (PES), and the evolution of protected area policy under weak property rights.

In the past, I have worked for a number of international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia. In 2009, I co-edited (with Stefanie Engel) a book on policy to implement strategies on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), Avoided Deforestation: Prospects for Mitigating Climate Change (Routledge).

Research Interests

  • Environmental and development economics
  • Contracting for natural resource use
  • Mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change
  • Institutions and property rights
  • Instruments for environmental policy



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