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

Gidden, M.J., Gasser, T., Grassi, G., Forsell, N., Janssens, I., Lamb, W., Minx, J., Nicholls, Z., Steinhauser, J., Riahi, K. , 2023

Aligning climate scenarios to emissions inventories shifts global benchmarks

Peer Review
Lamb, W., Pathak, M., et al. , 2023

Emissions Gap Report 2023 - Global emissions trends

UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2023
Nemet, G.F., Gidden, M.J., Greene, J., Roberts, C., Lamb, W.F., Minx, J., Smith, S.M., Geden, O., Riahi, K. , 2023

Near-term deployment of novel carbon removal to facilitate longer-term deployment

Peer Review
Müller-Hansen, F., Repke, T., Baum, C.M., Brutschin, E., Callaghan, M., Debnath, R., Lamb, W., Low, S., Lück, S., Roberts, C., Sovacool, B.K., Minx, J. , 2023

Attention, sentiments and emotions towards emerging climate technologies on Twitter

Global Environmental Change
Peer Review
Schenuit, F., Gidden, M.J., Boettcher, M., Brutschin, E., Fyson, C., Gasser, T., Geden, O., Lamb, W.F., Mace, M.J., Minx, J., Riahi, K. , 2023

Secure robust carbon dioxide removal policy through credible certification

Communications Earth & Environment
Peer Review