Pablo Astudillo-Estevez | Ecuador

Pablo is a doctoral student in the School of Geography and the Environment. He holds an Environmental Engineering degree from the School of Geology, Mining, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering at the Universidad Central del Ecuador. He also holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh (with Distinction) and a PG Diploma (Hons) in Climate Change at the Instituto Latinoamericano de Ciencias.

Pablo Astudillo-Estevez

Micol Chiesa | Italy

Micol Chiesa, is a DPhil candidate in Economic Geography supervised by Professor Gordon L. Clark. Her research focuses on how publicly listed corporations transform to reduce their environmental impact across geographies. She holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Bologna, School of Diplomacy.

Micol Chiesa

Pierre-Louis Choquet | France

Pierre-Louis holds a double Msc awarded by HEC Paris (#2 Business School in Europe, FT 2014) and AgroParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Science). He has also completed a BA in Philosophy at Paris X (University Paris-Ouest).

Pierre-Louis Choquet

Theodor Cojoianu | Romania

Theodor Cojoianu is a Smith School Scholar and is pursuing his DPhil thesis in Geography and the Environment on responsible investment in private financial markets. The title of his thesis is ‘Environmental Investment Strategies across the Investment Value Chain: Addressing the Investment Gap in Clean Technologies - from Asset Owners to Entrepreneurs.’

Theodor Cojoianu

Sergio Henrique Collaço de Carvalho | Brazil

Sergio is a doctoral student in the School of Geography and the Environment. He holds a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and a masters degree in Animal Biology from the University of Brasília. In his masters dissertation, he developed a taxonomic and systematic review of the Curvitermes and Cyrilliotermes genera of Isoptera.

Sergio Henrique Collaço de Carvalho

Megan Cole | South Africa

Megan was the Programme Manager for Climate and Development at the SSEE before becoming a full time DPhil Student. In 2011, she managed a team of researchers and expert advisors, and worked closely with the Government of Rwanda to develop a national ‘Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy’ for Rwanda. In early 2012 she led two reports for a South African think tank (CDE) on the future of climate change negotiations and the response of the BASIC countries; and a scoping study for DFID in China on opportunities for south-south learning on climate adaptation (CASSALD). She also managed an international research project on community-based climate change adaptation in small island developing states (GIVRAPD).

Raffaele Della Croce | Italy


Raffaele Della Croce

Paulo De Souza | Brazil

Paulo is a partner at a Brazilian sustainability consultancy (eternare) and a guest lecturer at the São Paulo Business School, of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, where he delivers a course in Strategic Sustainable Development at MBA level. He has been senior advisor to the vice presidency at Raízen (a joint­ venture between Shell and Cosan in Brazil); and sustainable development director for Latin America at the BioAlcohol Fuel Foundation from Sweden. He has worked on biofuel production projects in Africa and helped pioneer sustainability criteria for the ethanol value chain between Brazil and Sweden. Still within the sustainability agenda, Paulo has also been a senior advisor at The Natural Step Brasil, a Swedish originated global charity focusing on sustainable development. He is a civil engineer by the Mauá Engineering School, with graduate specialisation in business administration by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, and a masters in strategic sustainable development by the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. Paulo is now a Probationer Research Student at the University of Oxford, aiming at a doctoral degree.

Paulo De Souza

Alexander Fischer | USA

Alex Fischer’s research focuses on water security and sustainable resource management. His thesis title is ‘Do new information flows influence better water institutions in fragile states? Exploring the contingent relationships between decision-makers and measurement technologies.’ His current work explores how new data flows from sensors and smart-meters creates value and efficiency for decision-making across water stakeholders, including communities, investors and policy-makers, particularly in contexts of scare resources, high-variability and institutional fragility. Fischer previously worked at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the Earth Institute at Columbia University on integrated socio-economic and environmental monitoring platforms in fragile states.

Alexander Fischer

Yujie Gan | China

Yujie Gan is reading for a DPhil program at University of Oxford, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, funded by China Scholarship Council – PAG Oxford Joint Scholarship. He holds a degree of Master of Law from Peking University, and Bachelor of Economics from Xi’an Jiaotong University. Prior to joining University of Oxford, he was awarded German Chancellor Fellowship by Humboldt Foundation, to spend one year in Free University Berlin as a Humboldtian.

Yujie Gan

Jennifer Gooden | USA

Jennifer Gooden is a DPhil candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management (BCM) from Oxford, where her MSc dissertation focused on policy barriers to rewilding in the UK and the Netherlands. She received her AB in Psychology from Harvard University. Jennifer previously worked as the Director of Sustainability for the Oklahoma City municipal government and has prior experience in community capacity building in the nonprofit social services sector. For her DPhil, Jennifer is studying private land purchase for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. Her research aims to understand the scale and characteristics of private conservation landownership by individuals and families and the factors that influence decision making about land purchase, such as motivations, values, and social context.

Jennifer Gooden

Elizabeth Harnett |UK

Elizabeth Harnett’s DPhil focuses on the role and impact of investment consultants on the diffusion of responsible investment. The title of her thesis is: The Diffusion of Responsible Investment Discourses and Practices: The Role and Impact of Investment Consultants.’ She is also a Junior Dean at St Hilda’s College, and a researcher for the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. She holds an MPhil and BA in Geography from the University of Oxford. She is also a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Elizabeth has previously worked as an intern for Absolute Strategy Research, a leading macroeconomic research company, publishing work on urbanisation, stranded assets and the role of economic geography in thematic investing. She has also worked with CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), and The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability.

Elizabeth Harnett

Christopher Kaminker | France

Christopher's thesis title is 'The Role of Institutional Investors in Financing Sustainable Energy'.

Christopher Kaminker

Jacob Katuva | Kenya

Jacob Katuva is studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment, with a focus of his research on the spatial and temporal impacts of economic growth on the Environment and development pathways in rural Kenya. He holds a MSc in Environmental and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Nairobi. During his MSc studies Jacob focused on water resources allocation assessment in the context of mining, irrigation and domestic water requirements.

Jacob Katuva

Johanna Koehler | Germany

Johanna Koehler is a researcher in the Water Programme and in the cross-faculty Oxford University "mobile/water for development" research group. Combining her social science and water science backgrounds, her work examines institutional developments in rural water services in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work focusses on water security and risk in areas of competition over limited water resources. Johanna’s DPhil research at the School of Geography and the Environment (University of Oxford) examines decentralisation and development, implications for water security and poverty in Kenya.

Johanna Koehler

Penny Mealy | Australia

Penny Mealy's thesis title is 'Which way to prosperity? Mapping and modelling the process of economic development.' She holds degrees in economics and science and is currently undertaking a DPhil under the supervision of Professor Cameron Hepburn and Professor Doyne Farmer. Her research interests include agent-based modelling, technological evolution, economic growth and sustainable development. Penny's research at Oxford is supported by the Institute of New Economic Thinking and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Prior to coming to Oxford, Penny worked as an economist in Australia, where she predominantly focused on issues relating to energy, resources and climate change.

Penny Mealy

Stephanie Mooij | Netherlands

Stephanie is a third-year Dphil candidate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, whose thesis is about identifying obstacles in the investment chain when it comes to ESG integration. She is researching why responsible investment is not more mainstream, since the business case has been proven. Her focus is on asset owners, asset managers and (portfolio) companies in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. In addition, she looks at the ESG rating and ranking industry and the reporting fatigue this causes among companies. Another paper she wrote looks at the diffusion of responsible investment among asset owners

Stephanie has two years of work experience at Ownership Capital, a long-horizon equity manager based in Amsterdam. This investment fund is a spin-out of PGGM’s successful responsible equity strategy. This concentrated fund unlocks value (ESG or other) by engaging as an owner of the companies they invest in (“Ownership Investing)”. Moreover, the company analysis is fundamental and ESG is completely integrated at every level.

She has also completed an equity valuation internship at Duff & Phelps and a private equity internship at GIMV. Her degree is a MSc in Finance & Investments (Cum Laude and Honours) from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Stephanie Mooij

Alexander Pfeiffer | Germany

Alexander is studying for a DPhil in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford with a focus of his research on Stranded Carbon Assets and their effects on Financial Markets. He holds a MSc (German “Diploma") in Business Administration and Management from the University of Mannheim in Germany. During his MSc studies Alexander focused on Corporate Finance, Asset Valuation and Financial Markets and his master thesis analysed the short time effects of short selling bans on market liquidity and other relevant stock market measures.

Alexander Pfeiffer

Ian Robertson | Canada

Ian is a part-time DPhil Candidate through Oxford's Department of Continuing Education. He holds graduate degrees from Carleton and Dalhousie Universities and undergraduate degrees from the University of British Columbia, as well as a post-graduate diploma from Oxford. He holds the CFA designation and is a longstanding leader and volunteer within the CFA community. He is also a board member of the Responsible Investment Association (Canada), and has worked in the investment industry for over twenty years. Ian's thesis title is 'A multi-jurisdictional study of proxy voting by retail investors, with specific reference to their interest in Responsible Investing'.

Ian Robertson

Yukie Saito | Japan

Sukie holds a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) programme in Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris) and B.A. in Business and Commerce in Keio University. Yukie’s D.Phil research is on corporate engagement, Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), and sustainable business. The research focuses on Japanese multinational corporations by theoretical and empirical research methods, including their activities in developing countries from an economic geography perspective.

Yukie Saito

Aniket Shah | USA

Aniket Shah is pursuing his doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. His research examines the role of development banking, at various spatial-scales, in the financing of sustainable development. He has worked in the area of development finance both in the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of Yale College.

Aniket Shah

Xuanyi Sheng | China

Xuanyi Sheng is currently a DPhil candidate in Economic Geography at the University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment. Prior to her DPhil, Xuanyi graduated from the School of Environment at Tsinghua University with a MEng in environmental engineering. She also holds an advanced master degree in international environmental management from MINES ParisTech.

Xuanyi Sheng

Frank Sperling | Germany


Frank Sperling

Jesper Svensson | Sweden

Jesper Svensson is reading for a DPhil at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He holds a Master of Science in Asian Studies from Lund University, and two Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Environmental Science from School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg. Prior to joining University of Oxford, Jesper worked as a Research Assistant for the Transboundary Rivers and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in North America (TRACE - North America) project under Dr Dustin Evan Garrick. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at China Academy of Sciences where he conducted research on the water-energy-food nexus in the Yellow River Basin.

Jesper Svensson

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes | Belgium

Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes thesis title is ‘Conserving Africa's rhinos and elephants: geography, economics and policy.’ His doctoral research investigates international policy toward rhino and elephant conservation in Africa. He is adopting an interdisciplinary approach, with a strong focus on economic analytical methods. Michael holds a BCom (Hons) in Business Economics, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), an MSc in Environmental Resource Economics, University College London, and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management, University of Oxford.

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes

Laura-Marie Töpfer | Germany

Laura-Marie Töpfer is a DPhil candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment and at Brasenose College, where she is a Senior Germaine Scholar. She holds a BSocSc (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Manchester and Sciences Po Paris and an MPhil in European Political Economy, University of Oxford. Her current doctoral research is funded by the Oxford Clarendon Fund and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Prior to joining the University of Oxford, Laura-Marie worked at various international organizations and research institutes including the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission, the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Corporate Management Division of the Fraunhofer Institute.

Laura-Marie Töpfer

Michael Urban | USA

Michael Urban is a DPhil candidate in Economic Geography supervised by Professor Gordon L. Clark His thesis title is ‘US Public Pension funds’ internal capabilities: searching for an alternative financial culture.’ Michael’s research focuses on institutional investors and the asset management industry. He holds a BSc in Management and Finance from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and an MSc in Environment, Politics and Globalisation (Hons) from King’s College London.

Michael Urban