Prof David Norse
Honorary Visiting Professor
Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 14th Dec 1994
Strategic planning and policy analysis for environmental protection, sustainable agricultural development.and food security. Now primarily engaged on policy oriented research in China linking the natural and social sciences.
Post-graduate teaching experience on plant disease epidemiology, crop protection, biometrics and field experimentation and environmental economics.
He initially trained as an agricultural scientist and then worked
on agricultural development problems in Africa and the Caribbean for many years
before holding senior appointments with the UK Department of the Environment,
the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, and the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. He contributed to the
drafting of Agenda 21, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s first
report (the section on food security), and to the Stern Review: The Economics
of Climate Change (background paper on GHG emissions from agriculture). Between
1993 and 2005 he was a member of the China Council for International
Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), a high level international
policy consultative body that provides the Chinese leadership and policy makers
in different levels of government with policy recommendations on key
environment and development issues. He chaired the UN Scientific and Technical Planning Committee for the Global
Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) that was established in 1996 and helped set
up the GTOS/GCOS Terrestrial
Observation Panel for Climate. From 2003-2011 he was a member of the UK
Prime Minister’s China Task Force that provided advice on UK-China relations.
He is an honorary professor of the Institute of Geographical Science and
Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. He was awarded the Commander
of the Order of the British Empire (
His research has stretched from the mycoflora on the surface of tobacco leaves to the computer modelling of global agriculture. He has published over 200 papers, chapters, books or reports covering both the natural and social sciences.