Christian Hudson was a Senior Associate at Ecologic Institute. Between 2013 an 2015, he was a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute. His focus was delivering the institutional and policy changes that would support a transition to an economically and environmentally sustainable EU economy. His work combined extensive experience in European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) policy making with economic analysis (particularly macro, institutional, evolutionary, environmental and behavioural economic thinking). During 2015, Christian dedicated some time to lead the drafting of the work of a European Commission Expert Group on innovation policy for sustainable growth. Christian is currently developing a project on co-creation of deep decarbonisation pathways, on behalf of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness. Christian is a native English speaker who has also worked in French and German.
At Ecologic Institute, Christian worked on EU Innovation policy, the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency, and how behavioural insights can improve policy outcomes. In addition to delivering on shorter-term contracts, mainly for the European Institutions, he was involved in the co-ordination of the project REsearch network for forward looking activities and assessment of research and innovation prospects in the fields of Climate, Resource Efficiency, and raw mATErials (RECREATE) within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7). Furthermore he worked on the Horizon 2020 project Resource Efficient Food and Drink for the Entire Supply Chain (REFRESH).
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Christian spent seven years in the EC's Directorate-General Environment working on over 25 EU policies, including climate, recycling, industrial emissions, consumption and innovation policy. He was a leader of the work behind the EU's Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe in 2011. This is the EU's current, integrated strategy for environment and economic goals. In 2013, Christian edited and co-authored two reports for the United Nations international scientific panel covering environment and resources - one for the International Resource Panel on policy approaches for decoupling growth from resource use and the other on the complex reality of recycling.
Christian also previously worked in:
- the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) on finance and energy efficiency;
- the UK's Government Economic Service (inside Defra - Department of Food, Rural Affairs and Environment) on policy assessment and sustainability; and
- Global law firms: Linklaters and Macfarlanes, as a qualified corporate lawyer.
Christian studied law and economics at Cambridge University (UK) and holds a Master's in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics from University College, London. In 2013, he began research with the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP), an industry-multi-university research centre in the UK.