Michael Jacobs is Special Adviser to the Prime Minister with responsibility for energy, climate change and environmental policy. From January 2004 to June 2007 he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury, responsible for advising Gordon Brown on the same issues. An economist, Michael Jacobs was formerly a consultant in environmental policy and management, a research fellow at the London School of Economics and at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University, and (from 1997-2003) General Secretary of the Fabian Society. Prior to joining the Treasury his academic and policy work in the field of environmental economics focused on environmental valuation, the policy application of sustainable development, the design of environmental taxation and other policy instruments, environmental innovation and growth, and the philosophy and politics of 'quality of life'. His publications in these fields include The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (Pluto Press, 1991), Greening the Millennium? The New Politics of the Environment (ed, Blackwell, 1997), and Environmental Modernisation: The New Labour Agenda (Fabian Society 1999). His other publications include Paying for Progress: A New Politics of Tax for Public Spending (Fabian Society 2000), and Progressive Globalisation: Towards an International Social Democracy (Fabian Society 2003).
This seminar is organised in cooperation with the Economics Department, University of Oxford.