Professor Lino Briguglio possesses a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Exeter (UK) and a Special Diploma in Social Studies from the University of Oxford. He obtained his Honours and Master's degree in Economics from the University of Malta. He was formerly Head of the Economics Department and of the Banking and Finance Department of the University of Malta. He also directed the University Gozo Campus (1992-2012) and the Islands and Small States Institute (1989-2020).
His main area of interest is islands and small states studies and has authored many publications on this subject. He is known internationally for his seminal work on the "Vulnerability Index" (see example World Development, vol. 23 (9): 1615-1632, 1995.) which led to a world-wide interest and to many quantitative studies on Economic and Environmental Vulnerability. He also pioneered studies on measuring economic resilience (see Oxford Development Studies, Volume 37(3): 229-247, 2009)
Professor Briguglio also has a keen interest in competition economics. He was member of the Appeals Tribunal for Competition and Consumer Affairs, a judiciary panel appointed by the Government of Malta.
Professor Briguglio is the editor of The Gozo Observer and was formerly the editor of Bank of Valletta Review. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals. For a time he was the general editor of the Islands Series published by Cassell-Pinter, London.
Professor Briguglio has acted as consultant to several international organisations including the the IMF, the UN Department of Policy Coordination, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, CARICOM, the Commonwealth Secretariat and SOPAC. He has also represented the Maltese government in many United Nations meetings, including the UN Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island States and the World Summit for Sustainable Development.
Prof. Briguglio was one of the lead authors for the chapter on Small Island States of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, together with other IPPC experts for their contribution to the IPPC Assessment Reports.