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Lucien Georgeson



UCL Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT

Primary Supervisor: Prof Mark Maslin (UCL Geography)
Secondary Supervisor: Martyn Poessinouw (UCL Geography and kMatrix)
Supported by ESRC/NERC Multidisciplinary Studentship



Academic Experience

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)


Professional Experience

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)

Professional Affiliations

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)


Journal Articles

Georgeson, L, Maslin, M, Poessinouw, M. (2016) ‘Clean up energy innovation’, Nature, 538(7623): 27–29. DOI:

Georgeson, L, Maslin, M, Poessinouw, M, Howard, S. (2016) ‘Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities’, Nature Climate Change, 6(6):584-588. DOI:

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:

Book Chapters

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:

Other Articles

Georgeson, L & Maslin, M (2016) Climate change adaptation in global megacities protects wealth – not people, The Conversation,

Republished by: Quartz

Georgeson, L (2015) Thinking beyond sectors for sustainable development: How to make sustainable development happen, UCL Events: News and Reviews,

Wnuck, S & Georgeson, L (2015) Mapping Momentum for Climate Action, The Metric: Yale Environmental Performance Index,

Georgeson, L (2015) Looking Forward to the June SDG Negotiations: Agreeing Principles Is Fine, Details Are Harder, Huffington Post Green,

Georgeson, L (2015) Update From the April SDG Negotiations: How We Can Make Sustainable Development Happen, Huffington Post Green,

Georgeson, L (2015) 5 Takeaways From the Latest SDG Negotiations, Huffington Post Green,

Georgeson, L (2015) Dual Citizen’s Global Green Economy Index (4th edition), Indicators in Practice: Yale Environmental Performance Index,

Georgeson, L (2015) Getting at the Green Economy, The Metric: Yale Environmental Performance Index,

Georgeson, L & Maslin, M (2014) First goal of UN sustainability targets should be to not conflict with each other, The Conversation,

Georgeson, L (2014) Why is there still no World Environment Organisation? The Conversation,

Republished by: The Ecologist, SBS Australia,

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, Yale Climate Connections, 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:

April 2014: Quoted by Reporte Indigo (Mexico) in ¿Dónde quedó la WEO?: