Professor Paul Ekins OBE

Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

University College London

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London.  He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Resources theme. From 2005-10 was Chairman of the UK’s National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), the country’s most effective initiative at promoting resource efficiency in industry. He was also a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. In 2013 he was appointed to UNEP’s International Resource Panel, for whom he is coordinating a major report on resource efficiency at the request of the German Government at the G7 Summit in 2015. Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, concerning which he has written numerous books, papers and articles. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations, most recently being involved with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, at the University of Cambridge. In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In the UK New Year’s Honours List for 2015 he received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to environmental policy.