Michael Jacobs is visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at University College London and at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE. From 2007 to May 2010 he was a special adviser to Gordon Brown at Number 10, with responsibility for climate change, energy and environmental policy, and prior to that (2004–07) was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury. From 1997 to 2003 he was general secretary of the Fabian Society.
Michael's work is currently divided between his research at UCL on social democratic and green political theory and economy, and involvement in the climate change and energy field. In the latter role his activities, at the LSE and as an adviser to the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, focus on the prospects for international progress, including policy options for global 'green growth' and investment in clean energy. He sits on the board of the European Climate Foundation, and has a particular focus on European energy policy.
Michael's books include The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (Pluto Press, 1991), Greening the Millennium? The New Politics of the Environment (ed, Blackwell, 1997), The Politics of the Real World (Earthscan, 1996) and Paying for Progress: A New Politics of Tax for Public Spending (Fabian Society, 2000). Michael's recent writing and other publications can be found at www.michaeljacobs.org.