Graeme Maxton

Economist and writer


Graeme Maxton in Germany 2016Graeme Maxton writes and speaks on climate change, economics, energy and the automotive industry.

He has written, or co-written, six books on climate change, economics, and the automotive industry, and contributes regularly to a wide range of online and print publications.  He is an Advisory Board Member on the UNECE Energy Pathways Project, and of Population Matters.

His latest book, Globaler Klimanotstand (Global Climate Emergency), was published in 2020.  It looks at how societies can overcome the hurdles which stop them responding effectively to climate change.

A trenchant critic of modern economic thinking, Graeme’s previous book, Change! Warum wir eine radikale Wende brauchen (why we need a radical turnaround), (2018) was a No. 1 Amazon best-seller in Germany.  He is also the co-author of Reinventing Prosperity: Managing economic growth to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change (2016). The German edition, Ein Prozent ist genug: Mit wenig Wachstum soziale Ungleichheit, Arbeitslosigkeit und Klimawandel bekämpfen was also a No. 1 best-seller.

Graeme also wrote The End of Progress: How modern economics has failed us (2011), which was nominated for the FT’s Best Book about Business Award and was been translated into Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Romanian, and German. It was a top-20 Spiegel best-seller.

As well as contributing articles to a wide range of international newspapers, journals, and magazines, he is the co-author of two books on the automotive industry, Time for a Model Change (2004), which was Cambridge University Press’ Feature Book of the Year, and Driving Over a Cliff (1995), which was nominated for the FT’s Best Book about Business Award.

He was previously the Secretary General of the Club of Rome, a Regional Director with the Economist Intelligence Unit in Asia, with strategy consultants Booz.Allen & Hamilton, in banking with Citibank and American Express, and a visiting professor at Cass Business School in London.

Born in Scotland he lives in Vienna and Taipei.

Maxton is a thinker of astonishing depth and breadth, one to speak the tough truths that many other academics, politicians, and commentators avoid.” Huffington Post