University College London
London, WC1E 6BT
Primary Supervisor: Prof Mark Maslin (UCL Geography)
Secondary Supervisor: Martyn Poessinouw (UCL Geography and kMatrix)
Supported by ESRC/NERC Multidisciplinary Studentship
2013 - 2017 University College London
PhD, Department of Geography
Thesis title: Re-defining and measuring the global green economy
2015 Yale University
Visiting Assistant in Research, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
2011-2012 University of Plymouth
MSc Sustainable Environmental Management (IEMA Accredited)
Dissertation title: The role of investor behaviour and attitudes (in private equity and venture capital) in the development of the cleantech sector in London
2006-2010 St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford
BA (Hons) Modern Languages (French and Italian)
June 2012 - September 2013 - Grayling Future Planet
Account Executive, Sustainability & CSR (January 2013 - September 2013: full time)
Intern, Sustainability (June 2012 - October 2012: part-time)
February 2012 - June 2012 - Silvanus Sustainable Forestry Trust
Postgraduate Work Placement (part-time)
October 2015 – present, Graduate Student Member of the Association of American Geographers
January 2014 - present, Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Georgeson, L, Maslin, M, Poessinouw, M, Howard, S. (2016) ‘Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities’, Nature Climate Change, AOP. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2944
Georgeson, L, Caprotti, F, Bailey, I, (2014) ‘‘It’s all a question of business’: investment identities, networks and decision-making in the cleantech economy.’ Geografiska Annaler B, 96 (3): 217–229. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geob.12047
Kelman, I, Colbourn, T, Costello, A, Georgeson, L, Kovats, S, Maslin, M, Newsham, A, Sammonds, P, Urban, F, Waage, J, and Wilkinson P (2015). Climate and climate change. In: Waage, J and Yap, C. (eds.) Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development. pp. 11–17. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bao.b
Georgeson, L (2015) Thinking beyond sectors for sustainable development: How to make sustainable development happen, UCL Events: News and Reviews, http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/events/2015/07/08/thinking-beyond-sectors-for-sustainable-development-how-to-make-sustainable-development-happen/
Wnuck, S & Georgeson, L (2015) Mapping Momentum for Climate Action, The Metric: Yale Environmental Performance Index, http://epi.yale.edu/the-metric/mapping-momentum-climate-action
Georgeson, L (2015) Looking Forward to the June SDG Negotiations: Agreeing Principles Is Fine, Details Are Harder, Huffington Post Green, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lucien-georgeson/looking-forward-to-the-june_b_7595660.html
Georgeson, L (2015) Update From the April SDG Negotiations: How We Can Make Sustainable Development Happen, Huffington Post Green, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lucien-georgeson/update-from-the-april-sdg_b_7337006.html
Georgeson, L (2015) 5 Takeaways From the Latest SDG Negotiations, Huffington Post Green, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lucien-georgeson/5-takeaways-from-the-latest-sdg-negotiations_b_7101036.html
Georgeson, L (2015) Dual Citizen’s Global Green Economy Index (4th edition), Indicators in Practice: Yale Environmental Performance Index, http://epi.yale.edu/indicators-in-practice/dual-citizens-global-green-economy-index-4th-edition
Georgeson, L (2015) Getting at the Green Economy, The Metric: Yale Environmental Performance Index, http://epi.yale.edu/the-metric/getting-green-economy
Georgeson, L & Maslin, M (2014) First goal of UN sustainability targets should be to not conflict with each other, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/first-goal-of-un-sustainability-targets-should-be-to-not-conflict-with-each-other-32577
Georgeson, L (2014) Why is there still no World Environment Organisation? The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/why-is-there-still-no-world-environment-organisation-25792
Georgeson, L (2014) Where is the World Environmental Organization? Climate Snack,
Global Green Economy
The Green Economy is an important and well-established (but contested) policy framework for delivering sustainable development, particularly at national and international levels. Many things are important for Green Economy measurement, so a full suite of indicators is required to see if an economy is ‘green’. In the context of the SDGs and post-COP 21 frameworks, the green economy has the potential to be more relevant than ever. Useful measurement will be required to track green economy transitions and inform policy decisions.
Do existing indicators and accounts tell us what we need to know about economies, transitions towards green economies, and the process of sustainable development? Research has indicated that the current ‘economic’ measurement of the green economy is not adequate, either due to existing definitions of what is ‘green’, or lack of data availability, or insurmountable data collection issues. My research asks: can we measure the green economy in terms of economic scale of responses, rates of transition and economic opportunities in a better way?
Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Process
The Post-2015 process to agree the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals is potentially a watershed moment in the global dialogue around development, which will shape the lives of billions of people over the next 15 years and beyond. My research explores key concepts of the negotiation process and the outcome document, as well as exploring what comes next when the SDGs come in to effect on 1 January 2016.
My previous research has explored cleantech as a major investment sector in the green economy, researching the decision-making processes of cleantech actors and how these are influenced by cleantech networks, and the macro-level drivers and discourses of cleantech. A relational economic geography approach was taken to examine how networks form and operate, generating the mutual trust and understanding that is vital to securing investment.
Media and Interviews
March 2016: Publication of ‘Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities’ reported by over 40 media outlets including: Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, El País, Carbon Brief, Mashable, The Atlantic's CityLab, Grist, Mother Jones, TakePart, Swiss Public Radio and Business Green.
February 2016: Interviewed on release of ‘Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities’ by the Wall Street Journal, Carbon Brief, Mashable, VICE News, TakePart, Swiss Public Radio, Estonian Public Broadcasting, BusinessGreen and Climate Home.
December 2014: Interviewed as-live for Science 151 podcast by Jocelyn Timperley, City University
November 2014: Interviewed for Sustainable Development Goals: utopian vision or blueprint for the future?, The Greener Good: http://thegreenergood.co.uk/sustainable-development-goals-utopian-vision-or-blueprint-for-the-future/
April 2014: Quoted by Reporte Indigo (Mexico) in ¿Dónde quedó la WEO?: http://www.reporteindigo.com/piensa/ecologia/donde-quedo-la-weo