Alice Lépissier

PhD student in Environmental Science and Management, Brown University

About Alice

Lépissier’s research interests include energy transitions, carbon pricing, and pathways for decarbonization. Lépissiers research has focused on climate change, tropical deforestation, and illicit financial flows. She developed the SkyShares model, an interactive tool which allows policy-makers to simulate carbon markets from a chosen temperature target. She has also contributed to the United Nation’s report on illicit financial flows from Africa. Her prior experience includes working on adaptation to sea-level rise in Namibia and developing a climate adaptation plan for the city of Cape Town. Originally from France, Lépissier has lived in five countries and is fluent in three languages.

In the News

Opinion: "SkyShares: An Idea to Stop Climate Change Effectively, Efficiently, and Equitably," Alice Lépissier (with Arthur Baker), Center for Global Development, December 4, 2019.
Opinion: "Global Goals Can Deliver on 2C and New Development Finance – Here’s How," Alice Lépissier (with Owen Barder and Alex Evans ), The Guardian, September 24, 2015.
Opinion: "A Global Carbon Tax or Cap-and-Trade? Part 1: The Economic Arguments," Alice Lépissier (with Owen Barder), Center for Global Development, September 8, 2014.
Opinion: "Setting a Price on Carbon Immediately Is Necessary to Avoid Dangerous Climate Change," Alice Lépissier (with Owen Barder), Center for Global Development, April 17, 2014.
Opinion: "Nineteenth Time Lucky?," Alice Lépissier (with Owen Barder), Center for Global Development, November 29, 2013.
Opinion: "Open Ownership: UK Leads," Alice Lépissier, Center for Global Development, October 13, 2013.


"Unilateral Climate Policies Can Substantially Reduce National Carbon Pollution" Climatic Change 166, no. 31 (2021).

Evaluates the causal effect of a climate mitigation policy on the carbon emissions of the UK. Using a synthetic control estimator. Finds that post-treatment emissions in the UK were 10% lower than what they would have been without the climate reform. Implies that unilateral climate policies can meaningfully reduce emissions despite the absence of a legally binding global climate agreement.

"Vulnerability and Exposure to Illicit Financial Flows Risk in Latin America," (with Alex Cobham, Javier Garcia-Bernardo, Moran Harari, Shanna Lima, Luis Moreno, Markus Meinzer, and Lidana Montoya Fernández), January 1, 2021.

Calculates the exposure and vulnerability to illicit financial flow risks by combining bilateral macro-economic data on trade, foreign direct investment, portfolio investment and banking assets with the levels of secrecy in partner jurisdictions. Highlights the jurisdictions supplying the most risks.

"A Global Emissions Budget " (with Owen Barder and Alex Evans), in Climate 2020 Facing the Future, edited by Natalie Samarasinghe (Witan Media Ltd, 2020), 121.

Discusses setting finite carbon budgets has proved a useful environmental policy tool at national level, but to date has failed to gain traction on an international scale. Mentions concerns over fairness and cost justified, or could it offer the global community its best chance for tackling climate change?

"Vulnerability and Exposure to Illicit Financial Flows Risks in Africa," (with Charles Abugre, Alex Cobham, Rachel Etter-Phoya, Markus Meinzer, Nara Monkam, and Alvin Mosioma), Tax Justice Network, August 20, 2019.

Links case studies of tax abuse of tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering and corruption affecting African countries and the continent as a whole with a data-driven risk assessment tool. Mentions the insights into (jurisdictional) origins of financial secrecy in African economies inform priorities for negotiations at the international level, as well as national policy-making and sound administrative practice.

"Tropical Forests as a Climate Solution: More, Cheaper, Faster Mitigation " in Why Forests? Why Now?, edited by Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch (Brookings Institute Press, 2016).

Discusses the role of tropical forests as a climate solution.

"Europe beyond Aid: Assessing European Countries' Individual and Collective Commitment to Development" (with Owen Barder, Julia Clark, Liza Reynolds, and David Roodman). Journal of International Development 25, no. 6 (2013): 832-853.

Ranks European countries' collective commitment to development on seven cross‐border issues: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology. Finds that Europe's approach to development energetically tackles the symptoms of poor economic opportunities for developing countries by providing relatively effective aid, but there is an opportunity to do more to tackle the underlying structural causes of poverty.