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Professor Anil Markandya
Professor Anil Markandya

Press Release - 15 October 2007

Bath professor shares Nobel Peace Prize for climate change work

A University of Bath professor is among those who worked for the United Nations’ climate change panel, which shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Professor Anil Markandya, of the Department of Economics and International Development, is a lead author for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which on Friday was awarded the prize, with former US Vice-President Al Gore.

Professor Markandya worked on the Panel’s Third Assessment Report, with responsibility for costing ways of mitigating the effects of global warming. The IPCC was established in 1988 to give policymakers neutral summaries of the latest expertise on climate change.

In their award, the Nobel committee cited Mr Gore’s and the Panel’s “efforts to build up and disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change.”

Professor Markandya, who is currently travelling in south east Asia, taught economics at University College London from 1970 to 1992 and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, from 1992 to 1996.

In 1996 he joined the University of Bath and teaches courses in microeconomics and quantitative economics. He has worked on environmental economics for 20 years and is an acknowledged expert in the field.

His 1992 work Blueprint for a Green Economy, written with David Pearce and Edward Barbier, changed the way the subject was perceived in the UK.

Professor John Sessions, Head of the Department of Economics and International Development (EID), said: “On behalf of EID, I offer our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Markandya for his part in this wonderful achievement.”

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