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Simon Maxwell

Senior Research Associate

  • Development and Public Finance
Portrait of Simon Maxwell

Simon is an economist who began his career working overseas, first in Kenya and India for the UN Development Programme, and then in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration. He was a Fellow of IDS in Sussex from 1981-1997 and was Director of the Overseas Development Institute from 1997-2009. Since 2009, he has inter alia been Executive Chair of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (2010-17), and Specialist Adviser to the International Development Select Committee of the UK House of Commons (2010-17). Simon is a past President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE for services to international development. He writes extensively on development policy.

  1. Can we live within environmental limits and still reduce poverty? Degrowth or decoupling?

  2. Financing a climate-resilient and low-emission future


  3. Scaling up clean energy investments


  4. Combatting climate change with nature-based solutions


  5. Implementing and sustaining nature investments at scale


  6. Motivate. Mobilise. Manage. Repeat: how to deliver climate action for a global reset

  7. Join the Global Reset Dialogue

  8. Counting carbon in global trade: why imported emissions challenge the climate regime and what might be done about it

    Research reports

  9. 10 questions for prospective MEPs

  10. Q&A: what we’ve learned in 15 years of promoting evidence-based decision-making

  11. Climate and development: getting to zero poverty and zero emissions


  12. ODI at the European Development Days 2016


  13. Building resilient development agencies


  14. The European Union's global strategy


  15. The European Union's Global Strategy: sustainable development and EU external action

    Working papers

  16. Mainstreaming climate compatible development

    Book/book chapter

  17. Climate change: the European Union towards COP21 and beyond

    Working papers

  18. A climate change agreement: Towards Paris and beyond


  19. Our collective interest? Towards a European strategy for a changing world


  20. Harnessing private enterprise for climate compatible development


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