Professor Laura Diaz Anadon

Professor of Climate Change Policy

Prof Laura Diaz Anadon holds the chaired Professorship of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge at the Department of Land Economy. She is also Director of the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) and Fellow of St. John’s College, and on the Board of Cambridge Enterprise, CISL, and UCCRI. She is also a long-standing Affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) at Harvard University, where she is a Visiting Scholar for 2021–2022 and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School between July 2013 and September 2016.

Prof Diaz Anadon is a Lead Author in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III on Climate Change Mitigation. Among other policy-related roles, she was a member of the Economics of Decarbonization Advisory Group for the UK Treasury’s Net Zero Review and is a member of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate and founding member and elected Vice-Chair of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her research. In June 2018 she was awarded the XVII Fundacion Banco Sabadell Prize for Economic Research for the best young Spanish economics researcher, and in 2021 she was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University. She has given numerous international invited seminars, plenary talks and keynotes.

Her work on climate, energy, and innovation policy and systems analysis has led to over 70 journal articles in top publications, edited books, and many policy reports. She has also contributed evidence to US Congress and the UK Parliament. She has also worked as a consultant for various organizations (i.e., Climate Strategies on a World Bank project, UNFCCC, and OECD). Before Prior to starting her academic career, Prof Diaz Anadon carried out process engineering research projects at DuPont and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, collaborated extensively with Johnson Matthey Catalysts, and worked as a financial consultant at Oliver Wyman for banks on credit risk models for financing technology projects. Prof Diaz Anadon holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Magnetic Resonance and Catalysis Group at the University of Cambridge, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester. During her undergraduate degree she also studied at the University of Stuttgart.

Back to Top