Institute of Economic Affairs

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)


The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a London-based free-market thinktank and educational charity founded in 1955 by the late Sir Antony Fisher and Lord Harris with the mission “to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.” [1]

According to an archived 2010 version of its website, “Since 1974 the IEA has played an active role in developing similar institutions across the globe. Today there exists a world-wide network of over one hundred institutions in nearly eighty countries. All are independent but share in the IEA‘s mission.” [2]

The IEA became very influential in the UK, with Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman believing its influence to be so strong that “the U-turn in British policy executed by Margaret Thatcher owes more to him (i.e., Fisher) than any other individual.” [3]

After her September 2022 election as Prime Minister, IEA director general Mark Littlewood told Politico that Liz Truss had spoken at IEA events more than “any other politician over the past 12 years”. Politico also reported that Littlewood “sees Truss as someone who is ‘genuinely engaged in the ideas rather than just occasionally turning up to say a few warm words at a Christmas party’,” and that Truss shares “big picture positions on tax and regulation and monetary policy” with the IEA. [75]

The IEA played a significant role in advocating a “hard” Brexit and was named by whistleblower Shahmir Sanni as one of nine organisations based in and around Westminster’s 55 Tufton Street that coordinated a campaign for a “hard” exit from the EU. In 2018, it received a legal warning from the Charity Commission for publishing a report that the Commission said constituted “political activity” in breach of its status as an educational charity. [54], [55], [56]

The IEA is a member of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Washington-based umbrella organization supporting over 450 “free market” groups around the world. Both the IEA and Atlas were founded by Anthony Fisher. Fisher’s daughter, Linda Whetstone, was Chair of the Atlas Network as well as a director of the IEA until her death in December 2021. [40], [33], [69]

The IEA provides administrative support for the “Free Enterprise Group” of MPs founded in 2011 by Prime Minister Liz Truss. The group has been described as the “parliamentary wing” of the IEA, and campaigned on issues of relevance to the IEA and its known funders. [57], [58]

The IEA has considerable connections to the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, a group of backbench Conservative MPs, including former government ministers, which opposes many of the government’s net zero policies. The NZSG was formed in 2021 ahead of the UN COP26 climate summit. In January 2020, NZSG deputy chairman Steve Baker’s constituency Conservative Party received £3,000 from IEA trustee Bruno Prior. [72]

IEA spokespeople have also been publicly critical of the government’s net zero target. Andy Meyer, COO and Energy Analyst at the IEA, wrote in January 2022 that “the current energy crisis…has confronted Net Zero-loving Westminster elites with the stark reality of the choices they’ve made.” Meyer also claimed that the UK is sitting on “vast stockpiles” of fossil gas and called for increased drilling in the North Sea and a revival of fracking, while arguing that there is “no sensible ecological or scientific objection to either”. [73]


In March 2018 the IEA launched the “FREER” program, directed by Rebecca Lowe. [23]

FREER will be distinctive in its embrace of both social and economic liberalism: we have a packed range of upcoming events and papers on topics ranging from no-platforming to Blockchain. We also have a great group of Conservative MPs signed up as parliamentary supporters, and we have Liz Truss and James Forsyth giving speeches at the launch tonight,” Lowe wrote in an article introducing FEER at ConservativeHome.  

According to its website, “FREER will refocus the political debate, shifting attention towards free enterprise and social freedom. Britain’s upcoming departure from the EU provides a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reassess and reform our country across the whole range of policy areas. The ideas we will champion are those that coalesce around an enduring agenda of unleashing the enterprise, imagination, and inspiration of individual men and women. We are energetic and hopeful for a country that is open, dynamic, enterprising, and thriving.” [24]

For its first year, FREER would “avoid enormous overhead costs by being run administratively through the IEA” and would “benefit from the IEA’s staff’s expertise and experience in different areas” while being separate within IEA‘s overall budget. [24]

Stance on Climate Change

May 3, 2019

In an article for City A.M. criticising recent “Extinction Rebellion” climate protests, entitled “Of course we must protect the planet, but not by taking Britain back to the dark ages,” the IEA‘s associate director, Kate Andrews, wrote: [27]

“Making this planet greener and cleaner is a goal shared by people across the political spectrum.”

Andrews called fracking a “successful intermediary between extremely dirty fuel and the greener energy revolution to come,” claiming that shale gas “extracted from our shores produces half the pre-combustion emissions as the gas which we import.”

She also claimed: “currently to extract the same amount of energy you’d get from one shale gas well, you’d need 750 times the amount of land for onshore wind.” [27]

November 17, 2004

According to an IEA publication by Robert L. Bradley Jr. entitled “Climate Alarmism Reconsidered”:

“Government intervention in the name of energy sustainability is the major threat to real energy sustainability and the provision of affordable, reliable energy to growing economies worldwide. Free-market structures and the wealth generated by markets help communities to best adapt to climate change.” [5]

December 1, 1997

An IEA report entitled “Climate Change: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom” said: [28]

“The world’s climate is in constant flux: on time-scales from days to millennia, global and regional temperature, wind and rainfall patterns are changing. Over periods of decades and centuries, the most significant factor affecting climate appears to be changes in the output of the sun.”

IPCC [UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] lead authors have exaggerated the likely impacts of climate change in order to heighten public perception of the issue and thereby encourage governments to spend more on climate research.” [28]


The IEA is an educational charity (No CC 235 351) and “independent research institute limited by guarantee.” According to their website, “The Institute is entirely independent of any political party or group, and is entirely funded by voluntary donations from individuals, companies and foundations who want to support its work, plus income from book sales and conferences. It does no contract work and accepts no money from government.” [1]

The IEA was revealed to have received funding from oil giant BP in a 2018 undercover investigation by Unearthed. IEA director Mark Littlewood told an undercover reporter that the oil company uses access facilitated by the think tank to press ministers on issues ranging from environmental and safety standards to British tax rates. When contacted for comment, the IEA admitted it had received funding from BP every year since 1967. [29]

According to the IEA website, the “American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs” is an incorporated 501(C)(3) charity that allows those in the United States to show their support for IEA. It operates under EIN#54-1899539. [6]

The following is based on data the Conservative Transparency project collected from publicly-available tax forms on the Institute of Economic Affairs as well as American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Note that not all individual values have been verified by DeSmog. [7], [8]

See the attached spreadsheet for details on the Institute of Economic Affairs’s funding by year (.xlsx).

Donor & YearAmerican Friends of the Institute of Economic AffairsInstitute of Economic AffairsInstitute for Economic AffairsGrand Total
Earhart Foundation $1,074,952 $1,074,952
John Templeton Foundation$200$879,516 $879,716
DonorsTrust$284,900  $284,900
Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation $270,000 $270,000
Chase Foundation of Virginia$215,140  $215,140
Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation$99,000 $10,000$109,000
Exxon Mobil$50,000  $50,000
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $22,400 $22,400
The Roe Foundation $20,000 $20,000
George E Coleman Jr Foundation$15,100  $15,100
Aequus Institute$12,000  $12,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation$7,500  $7,500
Schwab Charitable Fund$1,500  $1,500
Grand Total$685,340$2,266,868$10,000$2,962,208

Institute of Economic Affairs Charity Forms

American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs 990 Forms

Key People


Adam Bartha              YYYYDirector of Epicenter
Adam Myers YYYYYYY          Director of Marketing & Subscriptions
Alan Court YY               Postroom Manager
Alex Lee                YYStakeholder Outreach
Alexander C. R. Hammond                 YPolicy Advisor to the Director General
Alice Calder             Y    Operations Officer
Alicia Barrett            YY    Executive Assistant to Mark Littlewood and American Outreach Officer
Amelia Abplanalp          Y       Executive Assistant to Director General
Amy Horscroft              YYYYHead of Stakeholder Relations
Andy Mayer                YYChief Operating Officer
Angela Harbutt              YYYYDevelopment Director
Anna Malinowska      YY          Website Administrator
Annabel Denham                 YDirector of Communications
Anne Colyer YYYY             Editorial Assistant
Bob Layson YYYYYYY          Sales Manager
Brian Hindley  Y               Trade and Development
Brittany Davis                 YOperations Coordinator
Camilla Goodwin           YY     Communications Officer
Caroline Rollag        Y YYYY    Head of Development
Catherine McBride               YY Head of the Financial Services Unit
Chad Wilcox            YY    Chief Operating Officer
Chloe Mingay            YYY   Communications Officer, Public Affairs
Christian Killoughery             YYYY Operations Officer
Christiana Hambro          YYY     Head of External Relations
Christiana Stewart-Lockhart             YYY YDirector of Education, Outreach, and Programmes / Chief Executive of EPICENTER
Christine Blundell YYYYYYY          Operations Director
Christopher Snowdon         YYYYYYYYYHead of Lifestyle Economics
Claire Talbot               YYYExecutive Assistant to the Director General
Clare Batty YYYYYYY          Executive Assistant to the Director General and Company Secretary
Clare Rusbridge        YYYYYYYYYYFinance Manager and Company Secretary
Colin RobinsonYYYY               
Darren Grimes               YY Digital Manager
David GreenYY                Director, Health and Welfare Unit
Declan Pang            YYY   Development Manager
Diego Zuluaga           YYYY   Financial Services Research Fellow and Head of Research, EPICENTER
Edward Hughes                YYHead of Strategic Partnerships
Eileen Graham YY               Accounts/Administration
Ellie Weston             YY   Graphic Designer
Emily Carver                 YMedia Manager
Emma Revell                YYHead of Communications
Gabriel Sahlgren         YYY      Research Fellow
Gerry Frost YY               Trade and Development
Giovanni Caccavello              Y   EPICENTER Research Fellow
Glynn Brailsford        YYYYYYYYYYManaging Director
Grant Tucker           YY     Student Outreach Officer
Greta Gietz             Y    Programmes Assistant
Gustav Blix             Y    Director of EPICENTER
Isha Kacker        Y         Operations Officer
James TooleyYYYYYYY            
Jamie Legg               YYYOperations and Technology Manager
Jamie Whyte              YY  Research Director
John BlundellYYYYYYYY          IEA Distinguished Senior Fellow
John Meadowcroft     YY            
Julian Jessop              YY  IEA Economics Fellow
Julian MorrisYYYYY              
Kate Andrews             YYYY Associate Director
Kimberley Painter         Y        Executive Assistant to the Director General
Kristian Niemietz        YYYYYYYYYYIEA Poverty Research Fellow
Leigh Blount    Y             Facilities Manager
Len Shackleton            YYYYYYEditorial and Research Fellow
Lisa Madigan YYY              Reception
Madeline Grant             YYY  Editorial Manager
Mark Littlewood        YYYYYYYYYYDirector General
Melissa Davis   YYY            Director of Communications(and press office)
Morgan Schondelmeier              YY  Development Officer
Nerissa Chesterfield             YYY  Communications Officer, Media
Nicholas Keech YYYYYYY          Accounts Manager
Nick Hayns        Y         Communications Officer
Nick Silver       Y          IEA Pensions Fellow
Patricia MorganY                 Senior Research Fellow, Health and Welfare Unit
Philip Booth    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYSenior Academic Fellow
Radomir Tylecote               YY IEA Fellow
Ralph Buckle           YYY  Y Acting Director of Education, Outreach, and Programmes / Acting Chief Executive of EPICENTER
Rebecca Connorton YYYYYYYYYYY      Senior Consultant to the Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca Lowe               Y  Director of FREER
Richard D North   YYYY           IEA Media Fellow
Richard Wellings       YYYYYYYYYYYDeputy Research Director and Head of Transport
Robert WhelanYY                Health and Welfare Unit
Roger BateYYYYY              
Ruth Porter        YYY       Communications Director
Ryan Bourne           YYY    Head of Public Policy and Director, Paragon Initiative
Sam Collins            YYYY  Policy Advisor to Mark Littlewood
Shanker Singham               YY Fellow of International Trade and Competition
Shirley Cozens Y                Administrative Assistant
Sophie Sandor             YY   Programmes Manager
Stephanie Lis          YYYYY   Director of Communications
Stephen Davies        YYYYYYYYYYHead of Education
Syed Kamall                 YAcademic and Research Director
Terry Barnes             YYYY Lifestyle Economics Fellow
Tom Miers YYY              Development Director
Tom Papworth         Y        Development Manager
Tom Steinberg YY               IT/Research
Victoria Hewson               YYYHead of Regulatory Affairs and Research Associate
Yvonne Rigby Y                Web Administrator


Name1998200020012002200320042005200620112012201320142015 [10]20162017201820192020Description
Arthur Seldon YY               Honorary Trustee
Bruno Prior            YYYYYY 
Carolyn Fairbairn   YYY             
Edwin NixonYYY               Honorary Trustee
Geoffrey E WoodYYY                
Harold B. RoseY                 Chairman
J R Shackleton      YY           
Linda Edwards                 Y 
Lord Harris of High CrossYYY               Honorary Trustee
Lord Nigel VinsonYYYYY        YYYYYLife Vice President and former Chair of the IEA Board of Trustees
Malcolm McAlpineYYYYYYYYY          
Mark Pennington        YYYYYYYY  IEA Political Economy Fellow
Michael BeesleyY                  
Michael FisherYYYYYYYYYYYYYY     
Michael Hintze      YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Michael RichardsonYYY                
Neil Record        YYYYYYYYYYChairman
Patrick Minford   YYYYYYYYYYYYYYY 
Peter WaltersYYYYYYYY           
Robin Edwards              YYYY 
Tim Congdon   YY              




Amarendra Swarup   YYYYYYYYIEA Finance Fellow
Andrew Lilico  YYYYYYYYY 
Armin J Kammel   YYYYYYYYIEA Law and Economics Fellow
Benedikt Koehler          YEconomics of Religion Fellow
Cento VeljanovskiYYYYYYYYYYY 
Dalibor Rohac  YYYYYYYYYIEA Economics Fellow
Dennis O’KeeffeYYYYY      IEA Education and Welfare Fellow
Elaine SternbergYYYYYYYYYYY 
J R Shackleton YYYYYYYYYY 
James BartholomewYYYYYYYYYYYIEA Social Policy Fellow
James Croft  YYYYYYYYYIEA Education Research Fellow
Jamie Whyte   YYYY    Research Director
Jeffrey Peel      YY   IEA Media Fellow
John Blundell YYYY      IEA Distinguished Senior Fellow
John Bourn YYYYYYYYYYIEA Economics Fellow
John SpiersY          IEA Health Policy Fellow
Julian Jessop         YYIEA Economics Fellow
Keith BoyfieldYYYYYYYYYYYIEA Regulation Fellow
Kristian Niemietz YYYYYYYYYYIEA Poverty Research Fellow
Mark Pennington YYYYYYYYYYIEA Political Economy Fellow
Nick Silver  YYYYYYYY IEA Pensions Fellow
Radomir Tylecote          YIEA Fellow
Richard D NorthYYYYYYYYYYYIEA Media Fellow
Robert L BradleyYYYYYYYYYYYIEA Energy and Climate Change Fellow
Ruth Lea YYYYYYYYYYIEA Regulation Fellow
Shanker Singham        YYYFellow of International Trade and Competition
Terry ArthurYYYYYYYYYYYIEA Pensions and Financial Regulation Fellow
Vladimir Krulj       YYYYIEA Economics Fellow

Honorary Fellows 

Name1998200020012002200320042005200620112012 [13]20132014


Alan PeacockYYYYYYYYYYYY      
Alan WaltersYYYYYYYY          
Anna J Schwartz YYYYYYYYY        
Armen A Alchian YYYYYYYYY        
Ben Roberts YYYYYYYY         
David Laidler     YYYYYYYYYYYYY
Deirdre McCloskey            YYYYYY
Dennis S LeesYYYYYYYY          
Gordon Tullock YYYYYYYYYYY      
Ivor PearceYYY               
James M BuchananYYYYYYYYYY        
Michael Beenstock     YYYYYYYYYYYYY
R M Hartwell   YYYYY          
Richard A Epstein           YYYYYYY
Ronald H CoaseYYYYYYYYYYY       
Terence W HutchisonYYYYYYYY          
Vernon L Smith     YYYYYYYYYYYYY
Victor MorganY                 

Academic Advisory Council





Alan Morrison       YYYYYYYYYY 
Alberto Benegas-Lynch, Jr       YYYYYYYYYY 
Andrew Lilico           YYYYYY 
Anja Kluever   YYYY           
Anja Merz       YYYYYYYYYY 
Anna J SchwartzY                 
Armen A AlchianY                 
Cento Veljanovski       YYYYYYYYYY 
Chandran Kukathas       YYYYYYYYYY 
Charles K RowleyYYYYYYYYYY        
Chiaki NishiyamaY                 
Christian Bjornskov           YYYYYY 
Christopher Coyne           YYYYYY 
Colin Robinson     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
D R Myddelton           YYYYYY 
David Henderson     YYYYYYYYYY   
David LaidlerYYYYY             
David SimpsonYYY               
David Starkie         Y        
Donald J Boudreaux   YYYYYYYYYYYYYY 
Edwin G WestYYY               
Eileen Marshall     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Elaine Sternberg     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Gabriel Roth         Y        
Gabriel Sahlgren         Y       Research Fellow
Geoffrey E Wood    YYYYYYYYYYYYY 
Gordon TullockY                 
Ingrid A Gregg     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Ingrid A Merikoski   YY             
James Tooley     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Jane Shaw Stroup     YY           
John FlemmingYY YY             
John Meadowcroft       YYYYYYYYYY 
Julian Morris     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Kevin Dowd     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Lynne Kiesling     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Mark Koyama           YYYYYY 
Mark Pennington     YY          IEA Political Economy Fellow
Martin RickettsYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYChairman
Michael BeenstockYYYYY             
Nigel EssexYYYYYYYYYYY       
Norman BarryYYYYYYY           
Oliver Knipping         Y        
Patrick MinfordYYY               
Paul Ormerod     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Paul Withrington         Y        
Peter DaviesYYY               
R M HartwellYYY               
Razeen Sally     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Richard A EpsteinYYYYYYYYYYY       
Richard Wellings         Y       Deputy Research Director and Head of Transport
Roger Bate     YYYYYYYYYYYY 
Samuel Gregg       YYYYYYYYYY 
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch           YYYYYY 
Timothy Leunig       YY         
Vernon L SmithYYYYY             
W Stanley Siebert   YYYYYYYYYYYYYY 

Shadow Monetary Policy Committee

Akos ValentinyiYYYYYY 
Andrew LilicoYYYYYY 
Anthony EvansYYYYYY 
David B SmithYYYYYY 
Gordon PepperYY     
Graeme Leach  YYYY 
Jamie DannhauserYYYYYY 
John GreenwoodYYYYYY 
Kent MatthewsYYYYYY 
Michael Wickens   YYY 
Patrick MinfordYYYYYY 
Peter WarburtonYYYYYY 
Philip BoothYYYYYYSenior Academic Fellow
Roger BootleYYYYYY 
Ruth LeaYY    IEA Regulation Fellow
Tim CongdonYYYYYY 
Trevor WilliamsYYYYYY 


February 28, 2023

In a piece published in CapX, a “news site” run by the Centre for Policy Studies, IEA policy advisor Matthew Bowles characterised the government’s net zero policies as “pointless” as part of a wider criticism of government spending. 

Bowles labelled the net zero targets and the NHS as “twin religions” that are “destined to suck up ever more public money”.

Regarding net zero policies, Bowles wrote: 

“The prime suspect here is Net Zero, a project that ministers blithely insist can be done in an economically beneficial way, but which promises huge costs to consumers in the form of more expensive transport, high electricity prices and expensive home heating.” [83]

January 11, 2023

OpenDemocracy revealed that the IEA “boasted of securing access to 75 cross-party parliamentarians in its annual accounts for the financial year ending March 2022”. [76]

According to OpenDemocracy:

“The meetings came ahead of Truss’s successful Tory leadership campaign, during which she made a number of pledges – such as the scrapping of green energy bill levies and EU-derived regulations – that the think tank has previously lobbied for.”

Describing the IEA’s evolving public stance towards the Liz Truss government, OpenDemocracy journalist Adam Bychawski noted:

In September, the think tank’s director Mark Littlewood claimed that Truss had adopted several of its policies, which included slashed taxes for the wealthy and corporations. Littlewood later distanced himself from the proposals after the former PM was forced to abandon them in response to growing economic turmoil.

Speaking to the Financial Times in December following Truss’ resignation, Littlewood commented:

“You might have the recipe for making the most perfect and delicious pizza, but if the chef is hubristic, or crazy, or incompetent, you are not going to end up with a particularly tasty pizza. Does that mean you shouldn’t eat pizza again? No, it just means you shouldn’t eat pizza cooked by that chef.”

November 9, 2022

In a Conservative Home article titled “The Prime Minister should have used his COP platform to inject some realism into climate policy”, the IEA’s Emily Carver suggested that: 

“[UK Prime Minister Rishi] Sunak’s appearance at COP27 underscores the counterproductive approach to climate policy taken by successive governments, which has prioritised grandstanding on the global stage over our own energy security.” [78]

In addition, Carver argued that “Sunak must resist giving any credence to the idea that the British people owe climate reparations”, adding: “what is now happening is the takeover of this agenda by poorly-informed, extremist activism”.

November 8, 2022

In a CAPX article titled “Striking a pose at COP27 will do little to advance the UK’s green goals”, the IEA’s Andy Meyer argued that “travelling 2,400 miles” to COP27 “will once again paint tackling climate change as something done to people, without their consent, by people whose own lifestyles do not reflect the mission they are preaching”. [79]

Meyer also called debates around climate reparations “inane” and “a negative narrative that aligns climate action with punishing the West for industrialisation”, brought about by “excessive media focus”. 

October 26, 2022

Following news that the UK’s new prime minister Rishi Sunak had decided to reinstate the fracking ban, the IEA said that “restoring the fracking moratorium would be an error”. [77]

They continued: 

“To rely on imported gas when we have 50-100 years supply under our feet is not a stance rooted in science or economics, but political weakness in the face of militant protest groups and anti-development campaigns […] This decision will not help the planet.”

July 27, 2022

In a press release titled “Save families £9,000 a year by cutting red tape in housing, childcare, and energy”, the IEA argued:

“The UK has an inefficient, unnecessarily costly decarbonisation strategy, which drives up energy costs for households and businesses by more than what is required in order to reduce CO2 emissions.” [82]

The release also called for “deregulation of the energy market”.

April 5, 2022

Andy Mayer, energy analyst at the IEA, told City A.M. that fracking was the “economic and moral choice” needed to increase the UK’s energy security in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Mayer said: “The UK needs gas, we either frack or import. These are the choices, with North Sea reserves a small fraction of the potential onshore. If we frack, we tax, and use the money to pay for the low carbon transition. If we import, we fund Russian tanks through the EU interconnectors. The economic and moral choice is to frack.” [70]

March 29, 2022

Mark Littlewood, director general of the IEA, called the government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050 an “overly costly and overly-specific target” and said that the government should “abandon” its net zero pursuits in a debate with Sepi Golzari-Munro, the acting head of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), on Sky News.

Littlewood said that he felt the target should be abandoned “not because I’m against a policy of decarbonisation”, adding that he is “not a climate denier” and that he is in favour of increased energy security and lower energy bills. Littlewood also said that achieving net zero by 2050 is “an extremely attractive policy for politicians who want to grab headlines” but is “not a sensible policy, either for energy or for the environment”. [71]

March 2, 2022

In a Conservative Home article titled “Scrap the tax rise, reform planning, and get fracking to ease the cost-of-living crisis”, the IEA’s Emily Carver criticised the fracking ban, writing:

“The Government’s decision to restart North Sea development was welcome, but the moratorium on fracking has left us dangerously vulnerable to geopolitics and the whims of corrupt regimes.” [80]

Carver also claimed that the Conservative’s approach to reaching climate targets was “dogmatic” and “must be replaced by a policy agenda that prioritises security and affordability of supply first and foremost”.

October 5, 2021

While hosting a panel at the Conservative Party conference, IEA director general Mark Littlewood prefaced a question to Steve Baker MP, deputy chair of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, about net zero targets by saying: “I’m not a climate change denier. I think greenhouse gases do warm the environment. I’m just not sure this is the best way of tackling that problem, and it’s certainly a very expensive way of tackling that problem.”

September 24, 2021

Mark Littlewood wrote a Telegraph article titled “We were fracking idiots to ignore the energy on our doorstep”, in which he criticised what he sees as “our total failure to embrace a fracking revolution and unleash the potential of shale gas”. [81]

He argued that “successful lobbying efforts by environmentalist campaigners and local residents’ associations have strangled this nascent revolution at birth”, adding:

“When it comes to fracking, they have decided to allow worries about modest traffic disruption and over-blown environmental claims to destroy the opportunity to access much cleaner, cheaper energy and create many thousands of new jobs.”

Ultimately, Littlewood concluded that the UK’s decision to ban fracking “is a choice we should surely revisit”.

September 1, 2021

Weeks before his appointment as the IEA’s head of policy, Matthew Lesh wrote a column for the Telegraph criticising “top-down” government policies to tackle climate change, including bans on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and phasing out gas boilers, which he called “tools from the old socialist handbook”. He also wrote that the Environment Bill then proceeding through parliament had “a delightful Soviet Five Year Plan feel to it”. [74]

April 21, 2021

According to Guido Fawkes, 40 Conservative MPs formed a Parliamentary branch of the Free Market Forum, an initiative launched by the IEA which promises “a freer economy and a freer society.” Among the MPs included were then-Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng. The group’s advisory council included former Taxpayers’ alliance CEO Matthew Elliott. [68]

March 1, 2021

The IEA published a report advocating for a tax-cutting programme in the aftermath of COVID-19. It stated that: “The Climate Change Levy and renewables obligations add economic distortion and complexity to the tax system,” adding: “These levies could be brought into a single, less distortionary, environmental taxation system – either through the Emissions Trading Scheme or a comprehensive carbon tax.” [67]

The report also proposed abolishing Air Passenger Duty, stating: “Emissions from aviation can instead be addressed by the government’s general environmental policies.”

October 20, 2020

The IEA hosted an event on the “future of UK free trade” with former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has frequently lobbied against the implementation of climate policies. In a discussion of his views, Abbott told IEA Director-General, Mark Littlewood:

I’m not a climate change zealot the way many people are, including in this country, but my government wanted to reduce emissions, it’s just that we wanted to reduce emissions in a way which didn’t impose unnecessary costs on Australians, which didn’t make our power system unaffordable and unreliable, which didn’t drive manufacturing industry offshore anymore than was already occurring, and frankly, I think all of that is self-evidently sensible.” [65]

October 16, 2020

The Government announced that the IEA’s Director General Mark Littlewood was one of four ‘experts’ appointed to the Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG), described as a “forum for high-level strategic discussions between government, and stakeholders representing a cross-section of interests from all parts of the UK on trade policy matters.” [66]

October 11, 2019

The IEA released a podcast on climate change and recent protest groups including Extinction Rebellion and the climate school strikes. The think tank’s Head of Political Economy Kristian Niemietz criticised protesters for not acknowleding past and present efforts to tackle climate change: [53]

“We are acting now and we have been acting for decades… It’s not the case that we’re doing nothing about it. This is a new generation of activists – they probably don’t have much of an active memory of that.”

He referred to Danish “lukewarmer” Bjørn Lomborg, saying:

“I think it was best summarised by Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish statistician, who said something like, ‘yes, climate change is a problem, yes it is man-made, yes we should do something about it. But is it the end of the world? No.’”

Niemietz said he supported a carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme, arguing this was the most efficient and least harmful way to lower emissions. He said subsidies, by contrast, led to governments supporting potentially inefficient technologies. Victoria Hewson, the IEA‘s Head of Regulatory Affairs, also on the podcast, agreed that all other “piecemeal interventions” should be removed.

Hewson also said:

“They seem to think that developing countries can, in order to develop and industrialise and improve their standards of living, somehow leapfrog the phase of using fossil fuels that we in the West benefited from for our development and industrialisation. And that countries like Kenya should build wind farms and solar farms to progress. But quite frankly, that’s not going to work. It’s just not.”

She warned against imposing a carbon border tax, arguing this would hurt developing countries, and said the government was intervening too much in the UK‘s energy system, criticising “contracts for difference”, a scheme used for awarding contracts to the cheapest providers of renewable energy. She also said there wasn’t enough “joined-up thinking” happening around electric vehicles.

“Electric vehicles are good in the sense that they don’t themselves produce emissions, but they do rely on electricity being generated in order to power them. And i’m just not sure that there’s much joined up thinking going on in this area.” [53]

August 20, 2019

IEA Associate Director, Kate Andrews, appeared on Sky News during a discussion on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s concern about climate change while using private jets. She wrongly claimed they had been “preaching to everyone else that they needed to have fewer children and that they needed to be extremely cautious about their carbon output”. [51]

July 3, 2019

The IEA‘s Digital Manager, Darren Grimes, wrote an article for the online magazine Spiked, criticising the recent adoption of a “net zero” emissions by the UK. Grimes said that the target was “ almost certain to impose huge costs on the poorest households and have a detrimental impact on our living standards”. While accepting that there is “certainly a need to take action against climate change”, he claimed that the “Net Zero target won’t do anything to reduce emissions from the US, China and India”, calling it “green virtue-signalling”. [50]

In 2018, DeSmog revealed that Spiked had received $300,000 from the US-based climate science denial funders, the Koch brothers, over the previous three years.

June 25, 2019

The IEA‘s Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, wrote an opinion piece for The Telegraph in which he said that the UK‘s “net zero” emissions target could “most charitably be described as a leap of faith” and that the amendment was only proposed to “boost the ego of one of Britain’s worst prime ministers”. Snowdon admitted that there were “certainly benefits to be had from weaning ourselves off fossil fuels” but claimed Britain was only responsible for 1% of global emissions so “any benefits to the climate depend almost entirely on the big economies – China, India, the USA – following our lead”. [39]

June 13, 2019

The IEA hosted a podcast with former Labour MP Natascha Engel on the issue of fracking in the UK, during which she “argues that an urge to ‘do something’ about climate change will hustle politicians into bad decisions — and almost certainly make things worse,” according to the podcast description. Engel served as the government’s Commissioner for Shale Gas between October 2018 and April 2019 and was criticized for working as a consultant for the chemicals and fracking company INEOS after losing her North East Derbyshire seat in 2017. [35], [37]

The podcast was hosted by the IEA‘s Digital Manager, Darren Grimes, a pro-Brexit student activist who founded the youth campaign group BeLeave and was subsequently fined £20,000 by the Electoral Commission for breaching spending rules during the EU referendum campaign. In July, Grimes won an appeal against the fine. [36], [48]

June 7, 2019

IEA director-general Mark Littlewood appeared on BBC Radio 4, responding to a letter sent by Chancellor Philip Hammond to the Prime Minister, claiming a “net zero” emissions target by 2050 would cost the UK $1 trillion. Littlewood said: [31]

“You can do quite a lot with a trillion pounds. Let’s even say the treasury has exaggerated it and it’s only half a trillion pounds. You can do an awful lot with half a trillion pounds… Now that’s not say there aren’t any fringe benefits if you’re in the windmill-making business: this could be good news for you. But it is a real cost. You can’t just hand wave that away.” [31]

June 5, 2019

Linda Edwards, a member of the IEA‘s advisory council since 2016, was appointed a director of the organization, according to Companies House filings. The IEA website states that Edwards has had a “long relationship” with the Koch-funded, climate science denying Cato Institute, based in the US, and is a board member of the Atlas Network, a Washington-based umbrella organization supporting over 450 “free market” groups around the world. Both the Atlas Network and the IEA were founded by the late Sir Anthony Fisher. [32], [33]

Edwards also supports the Reason Foundation, another Koch- and Exxon-funded US libertarian group which claimed in 2016 that “global warming of up to 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels could generate net benefits for humanity.” [33], [34]

June 3, 2019

IEA director-general Mark Littlewood wrote an article in The Times entitled “Green campaigners won’t save the planet, but capitalism may well do.” [38]

May 3, 2019

IEA associate director Kate Andrews wrote an article for City A.M. criticising recent “Extinction Rebellion” climate protests, entitled “Of course we must protect the planet, but not by taking Britain back to the dark ages.” [27]

Andrews acknowledged that “Making this planet greener and cleaner is a goal shared by people across the political spectrum” but said protesters were “campaigning for behaviour that would quite literally send us back to the dark ages.”

Andrews called fracking a “successful intermediary between extremely dirty fuel and the greener energy revolution to come,” claiming that shale gas “extracted from our shores produces half the pre-combustion emissions as the gas which we import.”

She also claimed: “currently to extract the same amount of energy you’d get from one shale gas well, you’d need 750 times the amount of land for onshore wind.” [27]

January 29, 2019

The IEA was one of 24 US and UK thinktanks and industry lobby groups to give evidence to a public hearing on “negotiating objectives” hosted by the US Trade Representative agency in Washington, DC. [59]

The IEA was represented by Peter Allgeier, a member of its International Trade and Competition Unit’s Advisory Council, who told the hearing that, in “areas such as food safety and automobile standards, rigid proscriptive EU standards have stifled innovation and impeded U.S. exports” and claimed that “the so-called precautionary principle…in particular has been a problem.” [59]

The precautionary principle is an EU approach to legislation that allows countries to place restrictions on substances where there is uncertainty over the impact on the environment and human health. The precautionary principle has been used to justify EU bans on substances including the bee-killing pesticides neonicotinoids and the organophosphate chlorpyrifos which research shows may harm the brain development of children. It gives regulators significantly more power to regulate substances than the US, which defends its approach as “science-based” or “risk-based.” [60], [61], [62][63]

November 28, 2018

An openDemocracy article reported that the IEA‘s magazine, Economic Affairs, which is distributed to every school in the UK teaching A-Level economics or business studies, had published articles promoting “tobacco tax cuts, climate change denial, tax havens, and privatising the NHS.” [30]

In autumn 2013, the magazine ran an article by Roger Bate, an economist and fellow at the libertarian US-based think tank the American Enterprise Institute, entitled “20 years denouncing eco-militants”, in which he argued that “evidence of climate impact is still hard to prove, and harm even more difficult to establish.”

The magazine does not disclose its funding sources to readers. [30]

September 24, 2018

The IEA helped to launch an ‘alternative’ plan for a post-Brexit UKUS trade deal, alongside US group the Cato Institute. It called on the UK government to cut EU environmental regulations to secure free-trade deals with the US, China and India after Brexit. Environmental NGOs said the plans were not credible if the UK was to fulfil its own environmental commitments, warning that the Brexit vote was not a mandate to lower standards. BBC Newsnight Policy Editor Chris Cook wrote an analysis piece challenging the report’s “dubious maths​”. [43], [44]

The following day Greenpeace’s Unearthed revealed details of a ‘lucrative’ tour of the US undertaken by IEA chief Mark Littlewood in advance of the report being published. [45]

A separate Guardian analysis revealed a related US-group, the American Friends of the IEA, had raised at least $1.69m in the last decade. The director of the American Friends of the IEA, Robert Boyd, revealed some of the money had been used to fund specific projects for the IEA, but said the US-arm was run independently of the UK thinktank. [46]

August, 2018

Continuing the revolving door betwen Tufton Street organisations and key Brexit departments in government, IEA Director of Communications Stephanie Lis took a post as a Special Adviser at the Department for Exiting the EU under Secretary of State Dominic Raab. [47]

July 2018

IEA chief Mark Littlewood was filmed by undercover reporters tellling a prospective donor they could discreetly influence a report in ways that could advance their business interests, in exchange for £42,500. [49]

July 29, 2018

An undercover reporter filmed Institute of Economic Affairs director Mark Littlewood offering access to government ministers and civil servants in exchange for funding, The Guardian reported.  Littlewood said IEA was in the “Brexit influencing game.” He said he could make introductions to ministers, and that the IEA knew Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Davis and Liam Fox well. [25]

He was also recorded suggesting donors could shape “substantial content” of research commissioned by IEA with findings that would support free-trade deals. [25]

“The disclosures are likely to raise fresh questions about the independence and status of the IEA, which is established as an educational charity. Charity Commission rules state that ‘an organisation will not be charitable if its purposes are political’,” The Guardian reported. [25]

In an exchange with The Guardian, IEA said there was “nothing untoward about thinktanks having a collaborative approach with politicians” and added that it had “no corporate view” on Brexit. [25]

The IEA also offered to broker access to senior politicians for foreign donors seeking to influence the course of Brexit, according to the investigation by Greenpeace’s Unearthed. [26]

April 28, 2016

The IEA published a report calling for the BBC to be privatised. One of its chapters, entitled “The problem of bias in the BBC” was written by Ryan Bourne, now Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics at the US-based libertarian Cato Institute. Fresh analysis for the chapter was commissioned from the anti-BBC research group News-watch, which regularly publishes articles rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change. Both the IEA and News-watch are either directly or indirectly funded by the Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust. [41], [42]

June, 2015

Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director at the IEA, was featured on Newsnight where he criticized some aspects of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment. [14]

Phillip Booth also wrote a corresponding blog post at the IEA titled “Property rights and the environment – a response to Pope Francis’ encyclical.[15]

“It is correct to say that pollution leads to premature deaths. Indeed, many would argue that climate change will do so and some that it already does so. But, there are trade-offs. And the underlying picture is one of huge increases in life expectancy and health because of the economic development that is taking place. Indeed, in many parts of the world, the environment is improving dramatically,” Booth writes.

September 20, 2013

IEA Director General Mark Littlewood gave a speech to the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)’s annual conference, in which he said: [52]

“I also think there are whole government departments that can be closed down. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport? Culture, Media and Sport should belong to the people, not the state bureaucracy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – surely, the three things governments are worst at. That department can be abolished overnight.”

He added:

“We need to reverse the disastrous energy policies which make heating bills a huge burden on the average household. In the name of combatting global warming, we actually risk people being unable to heat their homes and dying of hypothermia.”

Littlewood said later in the speech:

“I’ve heard your leader Nigel Farage describe the other three major parties as being the social democratic parties. I think he may have a point.”

He ended by saying:

“My real plea to you today is to focus on the third word in your party’s name. If you can become the true party of independence, talking not just about the UK‘s independence from Europe, but about the need to fight for the independence of ordinary people against an over-taxing, over-spending, over-regulating state, then I think you can make an even greater contribution to modern political debate.” [52]

June 2013

The Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute “received tens of thousands of pounds in funding from cigarette firms,” which was revealed in The Observer‘s article, “Health groups dismayed by news ‘big tobacco’ funded rightwing thinktanks.” [16], [17]

British American Tobacco (BAT) confirmed in The Observer‘s article that in 2011 BAT “gave the IEA [Institute of Economic Affairs] £10,000, plus £1,000 in event sponsorship. Last year [2012] it [BAT] donated a further £20,000 to the institute.” [17]

September 5, 2011

The Institute of Economic Affairs hosted an event by climate change skeptic Fred Singer titled “The Big Global Warming Debate: Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate.”

According to the conference description, “If climate change is natural, if there is no appreciable Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), then there is little we can do about it. We’d better just adapt – as humans have been doing for many millennia.” [18]

November 23, 2009

The Institute of Economic Affairs held an event titled “The Copenhagen Summit: Do Science and Economics Support Government Action on Climate Change?

Speakers included climate change skeptics Nigel Lawson and Fred Singer. The conference description suggests that policies to reduce carbon emissions will cause consumers to “face higher bills as businesses pass on the additional costs.” [19]

September 2009

The Institute of Economic Affairs created a document titled “Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists.” The report includes sections written by numerous climate change skeptics. [20

Here are some excerpts from the report:

Ian Byatt:

“[T]he Stern Review […] exaggerates the costs that may be associated with emissions of greenhouse gases”

Russell Lewis:

“It is possible to accept aspects of the science of global warming without predicting a forthcoming apocalypse or highly coercive and centralising government action to deal with the consequences. […] the consequences of environmental and ecological change are regularly exaggerated.”>

Julian Morris:

“The science of climate change is far from settled. Arguably, it will never be settled.”

“I have argued that the relationship between human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and global warming remains uncertain. Plausibly, increased emissions of GHGs during the 21st century will lead to mild warming – of perhaps 1–3° Celsius. To the extent that this warming occurs gradually, the best strategy is likely to be adaptation.”

David Henderson:

“[T]he IPCC process, viewed as a whole, is not professionally up to the mark.”

“[Governments] should no longer presume or aim at consensus. Rather, they should see to it that, both within the IPCC reporting process and more broadly, serious differences of professional opinion are aired.”

Alan Peacock:

“Critics of the conventional view that science ‘proves’ that, given present policies, damaging global warming will occur as a consequence of human actions frequently warn that this view is leading towards adoption of a new secular religion, of a pronounced ascetic character. […] [S]upporters of the damaging climate change hypothesis fervently advocate stringent government measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which would have a serious impact on individual freedom.

“[W]e should be wary of the dangers to individual freedom inherent in the present consensus about prospective climate change and how to deal with it.”

Colin Robinson:

“In general, the authors of this volume take a far more sceptical view than is usual of the hypothesis that drastic action to combat severe climate change can be justified.”

March 6, 2007

The Institute of Economic Affair’s Russell Lewis published a report titled, “Global Warming False Alarms,” which constituted the “25th IEA Current Controversies Paper.” [21]

The report states that “claims about the future impact of global warming are alarmist and unwarranted,” and “also suspect as an excuse for mounting taxes and controls.” [21] The IEA‘s report goes on to say that “there is a strong case that the IPCC has overstated the effect of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on the climate and downplayed the influence of natural factors such as variations in solar output, El Niños and volcanic activity. The empirical evidence used to support the global warming hypothesis has often been misleading, with ‘scare stories’ promoted in the media that are distortions of scientific reality.” [21]


The Institute of Economic Affairs has issued a number of publications that challenge the science behind man-made climate change. These include:

In response to a Guardian article detailing the IEA’s history of publishing work that dismissed or downplayed climate science, the IEA said the newspaper had been unfairly selective in their choice of publications. However the IEA failed to identify any that presented an alternative position when asked. [64]

Institute of Economic Affairs Contact & Location

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IER) lists the following contact information on its website: [22]

Institute of Economic Affairs
2 Lord North Street (entrance on Great Peter Street)
Tel: 020 7799 8900

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