UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

Dr Matthew Winning

Dr Matthew Winning

Senior Research Fellow

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
15th Oct 2012

Research summary

Matthew's main research focus is on the macroeconomic impacts of environmental policies. His research interests include climate change policy, circular economy, green growth, low-carbon transitions, and macroeconomic modelling. 

He has publications on the following topics:

  • The economic impacts of the Paris Agreement

  • Global economic modelling of the role of scrap steel in the circular economy,

  • Climate finance investment traps for developing countries,
  • The role of negative emissions technologies in achieving deep decarbonisation,

  • Links between energy system and macroeconomic models.

  • The health impacts of climate change
  • Economic impacts of water scarcity under climate change

His PhD focussed on the institutions and instruments related to UK climate change policy including an analysis of the UK Committee on Climate Change and the implementation of a UK carbon tax using Input-Output and Computable General Equilibrium models.

Teaching summary

Matthew has experience in tutoring micro and macro-economics at all undergraduate levels and has given numerous MSc lectures on environmentally-extended economic modelling concerning climate, energy and resource policy.

Completed PhD student:

Victor Nechifor (2018) - "Modelling freshwater resources use and the economic impacts of demand-driven water scarcity"


University of Strathclyde
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013


Dr Matthew Winning is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources with a background in environmental economics. He provides economic analysis, often in the form of macroeconomic modelling and energy system modelling, on many environmental-related subjects including climate policy, the circular economy, climate finance and low-carbon transitions. He has contributed to many UK/EU/global research projects and programmes including the UK Energy Research Centre, UKRI Centre on CircularMetals, and COP21 RIPPLES. Matthew's research has been used by the IPPC AR6 WG3, OECD, the UK Climate Change Committee and he is an author on the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. He undertook his own PhD in the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde. 

Matthew is also involved in many public engagement and outreach activities. He is a member of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science and has written the UCL Handbook on Communicating Climate Change. His debut book Hot Mess: What On Earth Can We Do About Climate Change is a comedy book explaining global warming and was released in November 2021 with Headline Publishing. Matt has a TEDx talk on using humour to communicate climate change and has performed many live comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and various science festivals around the UK. Matthew hosted the BBC Radio 4 shows Net Zero: A Very British Problem and Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet and appeared on The Now ShowThe News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and The Verb (BBC Radio 3). On TV Matthew could be seen as the environmental correspondent on Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), and The State Of It (BBC Scotland). He has written articles for various newspapers and given keynote talks at numerous events.