Bernice Lee is executive director of the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House.
She was director of climate change and resource security initiatives at the World Economic Forum (2014-2016) and research director for Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House (2007-13).
She was team leader for the EU-China Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security Project and held positions at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva; the Aga Khan Foundation (UK); the Strategic Planning Unit of the UN Secretary-General's office in New York; and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Bernice was also a member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation’s Climate Change Advisory Board (2011-16); External Review Committee of Royal Dutch Shell (2014-17) International Co-chair of CCICED’s Low Carbon Industrialisation Strategy Task Force (2010-11); and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change (2008-09).
In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for services to UK-China climate change cooperation in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
A frequent speaker, her work has been covered in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wired, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Caijing, Harvard Business Review, and the Americas Quarterly.
Areas of expertise
- Resource security
- Technologies and transition
- Climate change
- Trade and environment
- China and climate security
|2016 - present||Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House|
|2014-16||Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House|
|2013 - Present||Director, Climate Change and Resource Security Initiatives, World Economic Forum|
|2008-14||Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House (Previously Head, Energy, Environment and Development Programme Nov 07-Jul 08)|
|May - Nov 2007||Team Leader, Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for China and Europe Project, Chatham House|
|2002-06||Policy and Strategy Adviser, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva|
|2000-02||Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development project, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)|
|1999 - 2000||Officer, Strategic Planning Unit, UN Secretary-General's office, New York|
|1998-99||Warren Weaver Fellow (International Security) Rockefeller Foundation|
|1997-98||Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)|
- Enhancing Engagement Between China and the EU on Resource Governance and Low-Carbon Development Research paper 23 June 2015
- Empowering Europe’s Future: Governance, Power and Options for the EU in a Changing World Chatham House/FRIDE Report 1 December 2013
- Conflict and Coexistence in the Extractive Industries Chatham House Report 1 November 2013
- 资源未来 Chatham House Report 1 March 2013
- Resources Futures Chatham House Report 1 December 2012
- The EU and China: Time for a Strategic Renewal? Chapter, ESPO Report 1 November 2012
- Rio+20 must address the scramble for resources The World Today 1 June 2012
- Introduction International Affairs 1 May 2012
- Preparing for High-impact, Low-probability Events: Lessons from Eyjafjallajökull Chatham House Report 1 January 2012
- Climate Change After Copenhagen: Beyond Doom and Gloom The World Today 1 August 2010
- Shaping demand...A first look with Simone Cooper-Searle, Hoffmann Centre, September 2017
- Rethinking the land economy: keeping 1.5 in sight Hoffmann Centre, June 2017
- Are we on the cusp of a demand revolution? Hoffmann Centre, May 2017
- Climate Change and Risks to Food Security with Rob Bailey and Florian Reber, The Global Risk Report 2016 Section 3.2, World Economic Forum
- Can a climate deal be reached in Paris? World Economic Forum Global Agenda, November 2015
- Barrels of Confidence Prospect Magazine, March 2014
- Can East Asia avoid a climate catastrophe? World Economic Forum Global Agenda, May 2014
- New Drivers of US Climate Action? The Politics of Extreme Weather and Adaptation in The EU, US and Global Climate Governance, Christine Bakker and Francesco Francioni (eds), Routledge, 2014
- The Geopolitics of the Modern Resource Boom Americas Quarterly, Winter 2013
- Global Responses in Global Environment Outlook 5 United Nations Environment Programme, 2012
- Managing the Interlocking Resources Challenges in a Globalized World Review of Policy Research Volume 28, Issue 5, September 2011
- An alliance worth striving for with Nick Mabey, China Dialogue, October 2010
- An EU-China Pact is Key to a Global Climate Deal with Nick Mabey, Europe's World, 2008
- China and the EU could lead the low-carbon economy China Dialogue, Nov 2007