Dr. William Lamb


Dr. William Lamb

William Lamb is a research associate in the working group Applied Sustainability Science. He is interested in a human well-being framework for assessing climate change mitigation, with a focus on several areas of work:

  • Country development pathways
  • Human needs and energy consumption
  • Carbon emissions budgets
  • Political economy of climate change mitigation

William completed his PhD at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester in 2016. He obtained a Master’s degree in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh in 2011.


Lamb, W. F., & Rao, N. D. (2015). Human development in a climate-constrained world: What the past says about the future. Global Environmental Change, 33, 14–22.

Lamb, W. F., Steinberger, J. K., Bows-Larkin, A., Peters, G. P., Roberts, J. T., & Wood, F. R. (2014). Transitions in pathways of human development and carbon emissions. Environmental Research Letters, 9(1), 1–9.


Latest Publications

Fuss, S., Gruner, F., Hilaire, J., Kalkuhl, M., Knapp, J., Lamb, W., Merfort, A., Meyer, H., Minx, J., Strefler, J., 2022

CO2-Entnahmen: Notwendigkeit und Regulierungsoptionen

Studie im Auftrag der Wissenschaftsplattform Klimaschutz
Lamb, W.F., Grubb, M., Diluiso, F., Minx, J.C., 2021

Countries with sustained greenhouse gas emissions reductions: an analysis of trends and progress by sector

Climate Policy
Peer Review
Creutzig, F., Niamir, L., Bai, X., Callaghan, M., Cullen, J., Díaz-José, J., Figueora, M., Grubler, A., Lamb, W.F., Leip, A., Masanet, E., Mata, É., Mattauch, L., Minx, J.C., Mirasgedia, S., Mulugetta, Y., Nugroho, S.B., Pathak, M., Perkins, P., Roy, J., de la Rue du Can, S., Saheb, Y., Some, S., Steg, L., Steinberger, J., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., 2021

Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being

Nature Climate Change
Peer Review
Minx, J.C., Lamb, W.F., Andrew, R.M., Canadell, J.G., Crippa, M., Döbbeling, N., Forster, P.M., Guizzardi, D., Olivier, J., Peters, G.P., Pongratz, J., Reisinger, A., Rigby, M., Saunois, M., Smith, S.J., Solazzo, E., Tian, H., 2021

A comprehensive and synthetic dataset for global, regional, and national greenhouse gas emissions by sector 1970–2018 with an extension to 2019

Earth System Science Data
Peer Review
Diluiso, F., Walk, P., Manych, N., Cerutti, N., Chipiga, V., Workman, A., Ayas, C., Yiyun, R., Cui, D., Song, K., Banisch, L., Morettik N., Callaghan, M., Clarke, L., Creutzig, F., Hilaire, J., Jotzo, F., Kalkuhl, M., Lamb, W., Löschel, A., Müller-Hansen, F., Nemet, G., Oel, P., Sovacool, B., Steckel, J., Thomas, S., Wiseman, J., Minx, J., 2021

Coal transitions—part 1: a systematic map and review of case study learnings from regional, national, and local coal phase-out experiences

Environmental Research Letters
Peer Review