Profile picture of: Christopher Paul Barrington-Leigh


McGill University

IHSP / MSE / Economics / NRS

Montreal, Canada

Research Interests



Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment, and is an associate member in McGill’s Department of Economics.  One strand of Chris’ research is focused on empirical and quantitative assessments of human well-being, and their implications for economic, social, and environmental policy.  He uses large international as well as national surveys, experiments, and economic theoretical modeling to understand individual and aggregate consumption benefits, and their implications for policy, including a broad transition to sustainability. Another current strand of work aims to understand household economic and health effects of Beijing’s rural household heating coal-to-electricity programme. A third interest of Chris’ is the structure of urban road networks, globally, and their implication for development and climate policy. Chris received his doctorate in Economics at the University of British Columbia and was a Global Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2009-2014). He originally trained in upper atmospheric and space plasma physics at M.I.T., Stanford, and Berkeley.