Michael Jefferson studied at University College, Oxford and then the London School of Economics, before going into an economics consultancy, an industrial policy body, and then becoming Chief Economist of The Royal Dutch / Shell Group. He spent nearly 20 years at Shell in various roles, from Head of Planning in Europe to Director of Oil Supply and Trading.
He then spent ten years as Deputy Secretary-General of the World Energy Council, where he began working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as Contributing Author, Lead Author, Editorial Reviewer and Expert Reviewer, culminating in his receipt of the IPCC‘s certificate for his contributions to their award of the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007. He has also written extensively on energy policy, including contributions to various UN bodies, and was for many years involved with the World Renewable Energy Network and Congresses.
Alongside his work in business he has written several books in the fields of energy and economics; contributed to books on economic and social history; and written or co-authored many peer-reviewed papers in the energy and environmental field. He is Affiliate Professor at the ESCP Europe Business School; Advisory Board Member, Research Centre for Energy Management, ESCP Europe; and member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Energy Policy.
Michael Jefferson teaches on the MA in Global Affairs.
- Michael Jefferson, “Capacity concepts and perceptions – Evidence from the UK wind energy sector”
- Michael Jefferson, “Shell scenarios: What really happened in the 1970s ..."
- Michael Jefferson, “Weaknesses in past Shell scenarios: How they might now be put right”