Paul Ekins

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Professor Paul Ekins OBE (born 1950) is a British academic in the field of sustainable economics, currently co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He is a former member of the Green Party.

Political career[edit]

Ekins was a prominent member of the UK Green Party (now the Green Party of England and Wales) in the 1970s and 80s. He left in 1986 after controversy over reforms he and others were promoting to streamline Green Party structures. This group, known as 'Maingreen', was seen as a forerunner of the moves to reform the party’s internal structures by a later group known as Green 2000.[1]

Career after politics[edit]

Ekins has been a prominent green academic in the field of sustainable economics. He has also worked as a consultant.[2]

In 1996, he set up Forum for the Future with Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt.[3] The Forum says: “When Paul Ekins set up the Sustainable Economy Unit as part of Forum for the Future back in 1996, he argued that ‘many of today’s environmental problems are really economic problems in disguise, and getting the economics right lies at the heart of any solutions agenda.’ He aimed ‘to show that radical moves towards environmental sustainability are compatible with prosperity’. This remains a central part of Forum’s mission.”[4]

He worked as head of the Environment group at the Policy Studies Institute.[2]

He has worked as an advisor to the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the British House of Commons.[2] In 1994, Ekins received a UN Environment Programme Global 500 Award ”for outstanding environmental achievement”.[2]

Ekins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to environmental policy.

Academic career[edit]

Paul Ekins took a Ph.D. in economics at Birkbeck, University of London. He became Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Westminster, from October 2002 – 2007.[2] He is currently Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at University College London.

His academic work examines the "conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy".[2]


He is author of a number of books:

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Wall, Derek, Weaving a Bower Against Endless Night: An Illustrated History of the Green Party, 1994
  2. ^ a b c d e f University College London Biography
  3. ^ Press Notice footnote from Forum for the Future Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Forum for the Future Annual Report 2006, p6 Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
Party political offices
Preceded by
New position
Co-Chair of the Ecology Party
1983 – 1985
With: Jean Lambert
Jonathan Porritt (1983 – 1984)
Succeeded by
Jo Robins, Heather Swailes and Lindy Williams