Dr Simon Dresner

Simon’s expertise is in the social and economic aspects of sustainability. His book The Principles of Sustainability was published by Earthscan in 2002 and an updated second edition was published in 2008. In the area of environmental taxation, he coordinated an EC research project on social responses to ecological tax reform policies (PETRAS), worked on a project about ways to remove regressivity from environmental taxes and did research on public attitudes for the Green Fiscal Commission. He is now coordinating a project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation about designing a carbon tax to protect low-income households.


BSc Psychology, University of St Andrews

MA Sociology, California State University

PhD Social and Economic Research on Technology, University of Edinburgh

Contact details

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7209 1389


Designing carbon taxation to protect low-income households

Independent mobility as a critical aspect of children's development and quality of life - an international comparative study

Innovation and the costs of EuP policy

Study on Tax Reform in Europe over the next decades: implications for the environment, for eco-innovation and for household distribution

A Synthesis Review of the Public Understanding Research Projects

Green Fiscal Commission

Indicator-based Evaluation of Interlinkages between Different Sustainable Development Objectives (INDI-LINK)

Fuel poverty and climate change

UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium (UKSHEC)

The Social Impacts of Environmental Taxes: removing regressivity

Rapid Review of the Evidence on Forests and Climate Change


Designing Carbon Taxation to Protect Low-Income Households

A New Basis for Aviation Taxation: A briefing on the introduction of an aviation tax based on a per-plane duty

Policy Conclusions and Implications for the EU Sustainable Development Strategy

Household and economy wide impacts of changing environmental behaviours

Identification of most synergistic sets of integrated policy instruments

State-of-the-art review of sustainability policy assessment

Recommendations for implementation of the EU SDS

Indicators for Green Public Procurement (GPP)

The Principles of Sustainability

Forestry and Climate Change: Global Understandings and Possible Responses

Public Understanding Synthesis Report: A report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Economic instruments to improve UK home energy efficiency without negative social impacts

Towards the design of an Environmentally and Socially Conscious Water Metering Tariff

Forests and Climate Change: Global Understandings and Possible Responses

Social and Political Responses to Ecological Tax Reform in Europe: An Introduction to the Special Issue

Special issue: Social and political responses to ecological tax reform in Europe

A Green Living Initiative: Engaging Households to Achieve Environmental Goals

A History of and Social Responses to Environmental Tax Reform in the United Kingdom

Environmental and Wider Implications of Political Impediments to Environmental Tax Reform

Climate change and fuel poverty

Getting out of the mess we're in

Distributional Impacts of Economic Instruments to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transport

Economic Instruments for a Socially Neutral National Home Energy Efficiency Programme

Towards the design of an Environmentally and Socially Conscious Water Metering Tariff

Charging for domestic waste

Green taxes and charges: Reducing their impact on low-income households

A Tale of Two Ministers

A comparison of RTD structures in EU member states

Decision-making Processes for Projects Requiring Environmental Impact Assessment

Isomorphism and Interdependence