Professor Dieter Helm is an economist specialising in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment, and concentrating on the energy, water, communications and transport sectors primarily in Britain and Europe. He is a Professor at the University of Oxford, Fellow of New College, Oxford, and a Professorial Research Fellow of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

In December 2015, Dieter was reappointed as Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee.

Dieter's recent books include The Carbon crunch: Revised and Updated – and Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet . Yale University Press published both books in 2015.

Nature in the Balance, edited with Cameron Hepburn, was published in early 2014 by Oxford University Press. Links below to other titles.

During 2011, Dieter assisted the European Commission in preparing the Energy Roadmap 2050, serving both as a special advisor to the European Commissioner for Energy and as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the Roadmap. He also assisted the Polish government in their presidency of the European Union Council.

Previous appointments include: membership of the DTI's Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board from 2002 to 2007, the Prime Minister's Council of Science and Technology from 2004 to 2007, Chairman of the Academic Panel, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs until 2012; and the DTI's Energy Advisory Panel from 1993 to 2003.

Additional information

Dieter is an Associate Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. He is a Director of Aurora Energy Research, a leading energy modelling company. Dieter is an Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

Other Books by Dieter Helm

The Oxford Handbook of the European Union, – Chapter 39 by Dieter Helm, 2012

The Economics and Politics of Climate Change - Helm, D. and Hepburn, C. (eds), 2011



Latest Publications

smart meter JW 5.11.15

Not so smart - what has gone wrong with the smart meter programme and how to fix it

March 24, 2017

Energy Publication

Like the Green Deal, the smart meter programme started out as a good idea, but has been badly implemented. Both were announced with lots of fanfare, with hard targets and overhyped claims about the benefits. The Green Deal was going to create to 250,000..




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