Dr Caitlin McElroy | Departmental Research Lecturer, Enterprise and the Environment and Programme Director, Executive Education

Dr Caitlin McElroy is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Smith School. She holds a BA (with Honours) from the University of Pennsylvania in History and Environmental Studies (2006), an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford (2007), and a DPhil from the University of Oxford (2012). A Clarendon Scholarship supported the DPhil.

The focus of her research has revolved around the interactions between the mining industry, environment, and development. Most recently, the economic geography DPhil thesis addressed the institutional challenges to private sector involvement in development through an investigation of the use of corporate foundations in the mining industry. This research involved fieldwork with major mining firms in South Africa, Namibia, and Chile as well as interviews at corporate headquarters in London.

She is currently the SSEE project manager for curriculum development for Said Business School’s GOTO programme in Water Management and Markets, for delivery Trinity 2015.

She is developing a programme of Executive Education at the Smith School as well as furthering a research stream in various aspects of corporate environmental management. The executive education offerings require the collaborative design of new courses and the assessment of need for specific new knowledge to help guide improved business sustainability and positive environmental futures.

This work and the upcoming interaction with incoming course participants is an excellent opportunity to stay alert to changing trends, interests, and opportunities.

As a researcher her work continues with the extractives sector. Through a range of projects and partnerships she is addressing issues such as the improved sustainability and development of resource driven economies and the creation of tools to assist corporations in the management of their environmental and social risks and opportunities. It is expected that this research will lead to further publications, information for future course development, and the potential for new partnerships with industry.