Dr Thomas Longden

Thomas_LDr Thomas Longden is a Senior Research Fellow at the Urban Transformations Research Centre, Western Sydney University. Thomas holds a PhD in environmental economics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

His work on energy and technological change has been published in leading international journals (including Nature Energy, Climatic Change, Energy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Energy Policy).

Thomas was a Contributing Author on the AR5 WGIII Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report titled Mitigation of Climate Change.

Before joining WSU, Thomas was based at the Australian National University, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Milan, Italy. He is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS).


  • PhD, Environmental Economics, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • BEc (Hons), Economics and econometrics, Macquarie University

Research Focus

  • Urban Transformations
  • Energy Change
  • Environmental Economics
  • Transport
  • Climate Change

Awards and Recognition

  • 2021: Best Academic Paper, Small Enterprise Assoc. of Australia and NZ conference (with co-authors)
  • 2020: Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Awards, Meritorious Service in International Education, School of Business, Wester Sydney University (with team)
  • 2015: Recognition of excellence in teaching, School of Management, College of Business, RMIT University (individual award)

Selected Publications

Longden, T., Quilty, S., Riley, B., White, L.V., Klerck, M., Davis, V.N. and Frank Jupurrurla, N., 2022. Energy insecurity during temperature extremes in remote Australia. Nature Energy, 7(1), pp.43-54. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00942-2

Longden, T., Beck, F.J., Jotzo, F., Andrews, R. and Prasad, M., 2022. ‘Clean’hydrogen?–Comparing the emissions and costs of fossil fuel versus renewable electricity based hydrogen. Applied Energy, 306, p.118145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.118145

Longden, T., 2019. The impact of temperature on mortality across different climate zones. Climatic Change, 157(2), pp.221-242. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02519-1

Longden, T., 2018. Measuring temperature-related mortality using endogenously determined thresholds. Climatic Change, 150(3), pp.343-375. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-018-2269-0

Longden, T., Quilty, S., Haywood, P., Hunter, A. and Gruen, R., 2020. Heat-related mortality: an urgent need to recognise and record. The Lancet Planetary Health, 4(5), p.e171. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30100-5

Longden, T., 2019. Temperature-related mortality and climate change in Australia. The Lancet Planetary Health, 3(3), p.e121. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(19)30016-6

Longden, T., Hall, J. and van Gool, K., 2018. Supplier‐induced demand for urgent after‐hours primary care services. Health economics, 27(10), pp.1594-1608. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3779

Bosetti, V. and Longden, T., 2013. Light duty vehicle transportation and global climate policy: The importance of electric drive vehicles. Energy policy, 58, pp.209-219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.03.008

Pietzcker, R.C., Longden, T., Chen, W., Fu, S., Kriegler, E., Kyle, P. and Luderer, G., 2014. Long-term transport energy demand and climate policy: Alternative visions on transport decarbonization in energy-economy models. Energy, 64, pp.95-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2013.08.059

Eom, J., Edmonds, J., Krey, V., Johnson, N., Longden, T., Luderer, G., Riahi, K. and Van Vuuren, D.P., 2015. The impact of near-term climate policy choices on technology and emission transition pathways. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 90, pp.73-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2013.09.017