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Roger Fouquet


Former BC3 researcher

Roger Fouquet

Main Research Field:
Long-term relationships between economic development, technological change, energy consumption and climate change

Was employee in BC3 from 2009-06-01 to 2015-12-03


  • Roger Fouquet received his BA (Economics with Mathematics) in 1990 from the University of Sussex, his MSc (Energy Economics) in 1991 and his PhD (Economics: Modelling of Energy Demand for Environmental Policies) in 1997 both from the University of Surrey.
  • He was a researcher at the University of Surrey between 1992 and 1996. His main projects there were (i) modelling and forecasting energy demand and its carbon dioxide emissions, (ii) analyzing the socio-economic factors associated with variations in health problems and avoidable mortalities, (iii) studying the willingness to pay for safety from nuclear accidents.
  • He was a research fellow at the Centre for Environmental Technology and Centre for Energy Policy & Technology in Imperial College London from 1995 to 2005. There, he worked on a series of projects related to energy and environmental issues, including investigating energy demand at different stages of economic development.
  • Roger was seconded to the UK´s Department of Trade and Industry (Environment and Industry Branch) in 1994 and to the UK´s Carbon Trust (Strategy Team) in 2001.
  • He was a senior lecturer at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji between 2005 and 2008. He has also lectured microeconomics, energy, resource and environmental economics, and econometrics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Europe, North Africa, South-East Asia since 1996.
  • He has been the Editor of the Energy Economics section of the New Economic Papers nep.repec.org (the world’s largest electronic catalogue of economic working papers and journal articles) since 1998.
  • In 1996, he was awarded the BIEE/Financial Times Andrew Holmes Memorial Award for his research into the impact of liberalisation on the green electricity market.
  • In 2006, his joint article with Peter Pearson on very long run trends in lighting prices and consumption was chosen for the annual Campbell Watkins Award for Best Paper in The Energy Journal (the official journal of the International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE)).
  • In 2008, he completed Fouquet, R. (2008) Heat, Power and Light: Revolutions in Energy Services. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA. Based on evidence over the past seven hundred years, a key idea in the book is the tendency for markets to find ways of consuming energy more efficiently, producing ever-cheaper energy services and, in the long run, consuming greater amounts of energy - with significant effects on wellbeing and the environment. It has been described as a ¨monumental work of policy-relevant scholarship¨ and has been selected by Choice Magazine, the official publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009.
  • From March 2013, he will be on long-term leave from BC3 and will be a Principal Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics (LSE). 




  • Fouquet, R. (2013) Handbook on Energy and Climate Change. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA. 
  • Fouquet, R. and P.J.G. Pearson (2012) ‘Past and Prospective Energy Transitions: Insights from History.’ Editorial. Energy Policy 50 (Special Issue on Past and Prospective Energy Transitions) 1-7.
  • Fouquet, R. (2012) ‘Trends in income and price elasticities of transport demand (1850-2010).’ Energy Policy 50 (Special Issue on Past and Prospective Energy Transitions) 62-71.
  • Fouquet, R. (2012) ‘The demand for environmental quality in driving transitions to low-polluting energy sources.’ Energy Policy 50 (Special Issue on Past and Prospective Energy Transitions) 130-41.
  • Fouquet, R. and P.J.G. Pearson (2012) `The long run demand for lighting: elasticities and rebound Effects in different phases of economic development.´ Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy 1(1) 83-100.
  • Yeager, K., F. Dayo, M. Dominik, R. Fouquet, A. Gilau, R. Hosier, A. Miller, S. Rao, S. Sethi (2012) “Economy and Energy” in N. Nakicenovic, L.  Gomez-Echeverri and T.B. Johansson (eds.) Global Energy Assessment. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.
  • Fouquet, R. (2011) ‘Divergences in long run trends in the prices of energy and energy services.’ Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 5(2) 196-218. 
  • Fouquet, R. (2011) ‘Long run trends in energy-related external costs.’ Ecological Economics 70(12) 2380-9.
  • Fouquet, R. (2011) “The Sustainability of `Sustainable´ Energy Use: Historical Evidence on the Relationship between Economic Growth and Renewable Energy” in I. Galarraga, M. González-Eguino and A. Markandya (eds.) Handbook of Sustainable Energy. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA. 
  • Fouquet, R. (2010) ‘The slow search for solutions: lessons from historical energy transitions by sector and service.’ Energy Policy 38(11) 6586-96.
  • Fouquet, R. (2009) “A brief history of energy” in Hunt, L. and J. Evans (eds.) International Handbook of the Economics of Energy. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA.
  • Fouquet, R. (2008) Heat, Power and Light: Revolutions in Energy Services. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA.
  • Fouquet, R. and P.J.G. Pearson (2006) 'Seven centuries of energy services: the price and use of lighting in the United Kingdom (1300-2000).' The Energy Journal 27(1) 139-77.
  • Fouquet, R. and P.J.G. Pearson (2003) ‘Five centuries of energy prices.’ World Economics 4(3) 93-119.
  • Fouquet, R. (2003) ‘The Carbon Trading Game.’ Climate Policy (special Emissions Trading issue) 3(2) 143-55.
  • P.J.G. Pearson and R. Fouquet (2003) “Long run carbon dioxide emissions and Kuznets curves: pathways to development” in L. Hunt (ed.) Energy in a Competitive Market. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham.
  • Grubb, M., C. Hope and R. Fouquet (2002) ´Climatic implications of the Kyoto Protocol: the contribution of international spillovers´. Climatic Change 54(1-2) 11-28.
  • Grimstom, M., V. Karakousis, R. Fouquet, R. van der Vorst, P.J.G. Pearson and M. Leach (2001) ´The European and global potential for carbon sequestration in tackling climate change´. Climate Policy 1(2) 155-171.
  • Fouquet, R. and P.J.G. Pearson (1998) A thousand years of energy use in the United Kingdom´. The Energy Journal 19(4) 1-41.
  • Fouquet, R (1998) ´The United Kingdom demand for renewable electricity in a liberalised market.´ Energy Policy 26(4) 281-94.
  • Fouquet, R , D. Hawdon, P.J.G. Pearson, C. Robinson and P.G. Stevens (1997) ´The future of UK final user energy demand´ Energy Policy 25(2) 231-40.
  • Pearson, P.J.G. and R. Fouquet (1996) Energy efficiency, economic efficiency and future carbon dioxide emissions from the developing world’. The Energy Journal 17(4) 1-26.
  • Fouquet, R. (1995) ´The impact of VAT introduction on residential energy demand: an investigation using the co-integration approach´. Energy Economics 17(3) 237-47.


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