Imperial College London

Mr Lee M Pearson

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Visiting Researcher



+44 (0)20 7594 9306l.pearson10




16 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Lee Pearson is doctoral researcher in the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London with an interest in trade-related impacts from domestic environmental and health policy. He is particularly interested in how the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement and Sanitary Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement are utilized by WTO members.

Lee's PhD research is sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a part of the EPA Marshall Scholarship.  He spent the first year of his PhD as a Fulbright Scholar in the College of Business and Economics at Australia National University.

His working paper with Emma Aisbett can be found on SSRN (link to abstract). 

Previous Work

Before starting the PhD, Lee was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Fellow at The National Academies in Washington D.C. He has previously conducted agriculture laboratory research as an intern with Bayer CropScience in Germany. In the field, he continues to manage an agriculture technology based placement with a rural NGO in a coffee producing region of Uganda through Engineers Without Borders – UK.


B.S. Engineering (cum laude), Duke University

M.Sc. Ecological Economics (with distinction), University of Edinburgh

M.Phil. Engineering for Sustainable Development, Jesus College, University of Cambridge



Pearson LM, 2012, From boom to busted: Trade concerns and disputes under the WTO's SPS Agreement, Annual Meeting of the American-Phytopathological-Society (APS), AMER PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL SOC, Pages:163-163, ISSN:0031-949X

Aisbett E, Pearson LM, 2012, Environmental and Health Protections, or new Protectionism? Determinants of SPS Notifications by WTO Members, Empirical Investigations in Trade and Investment (EITI)

Pearson LM, 2011, Always use protection? SPS measures as green protectionism, ETNA Summer School on Food Security – how can science and policy contribute

Pearson LM, 2009, Water supply: water privatization. Cui prodest?, Food and Water: an increasing Challenge (Bright Conference)

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