Dr Matthew Agarwala

Research Leader: The Wealth Economy at Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge


Research Leader: The Wealth Economy, Bennett Institute for Public Policy

Matthew Agarwala is an environmental economist interested in wealth-based approaches to measuring and delivering sustainable development. The pace of globalisation, innovation, and social, environmental, and economic upheaval leaves no doubt: 20th century statistics can’t capture 21st century progress. Matthew joined the Bennett Institute’s wealth economy project to transform economic measurement to better reflect sustainability, inequality, and human wellbeing. Initially, the project will focus on natural and social capital.

Matthew regularly consults for governments (from local councils to national governments and international institutions) and scientific organizations on topics of natural capital, ecosystem services, and sustainability. He enjoys working across sectors and disciplines, and his co-authors include ecologists, economists, conservation scientists and practitioners, social anthropologists, civil servants, members of UK Parliament, and Nobel Laureates in peace, medicine, physics, and chemistry. In addition to the Bennett Institute, Matthew enjoys affiliations at the LSE (Geography & Environment + Grantham Research Institute) and UEA (Centre for Social & Economic Research on the Global Environment), and maintains active research networks in Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, USA, Japan, and throughout the UK.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.

  • 21 January 2021, 3pm

    Counting the Costs: How are the costs of inaction and action best framed?

    The first seminar in this series will explore how to frame the case for change, in particular how quantifying the costs - using different metrics - and the moral arguments for change have worked in climate change and health inequalities, and the frames that might best foster synergistic action post COVID-19.

  • In news articles

    Net zero

    The final panel session of the Centre for Science and Policy’s (CSaP) annual reception 2021 discussed net zero ambitions. It was chaired by Dr Rob Doubleday, the Centre’s Executive Director with panellists; Dr Christina Peñasco, Lecturer in Public Policy, Cambridge and Dr Matthew Agarwala, Economist at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, Cambridge.