Forthcoming Events

Third Adrian Fernando Memorial Lecture: 'Giving the Future a Chance'

Adrian Fernando

Professor Elke U. Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Please mark Monday 14th May 2018 in your diary to join us for the Third Adrian Fernando Memorial Lecture at SoGE, Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre at 4pm and followed by a drinks reception.

This important event honours Adrian Fernando, who was Chief Operating Officer of EcoSecurities Groups who aim was to tackle climate change based on the idea of using market mechanisms to properly price the environment. EcoSecurities' largest office was in Oxford, from where Adrian led a team addressing climate change through the use of economic tools and business solutions, demonstrating that the environment is a valuable asset deserving of a market price that reflects its scarcity and its long term value. Presenting this year's lecture will be Professor Elke Weber. Elke U. Weber is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business at Columbia Business School and Professor of Psychology and Earth Institute Professor at Columbia University. She is an expert on behavioural models of decision-making under risk and uncertainty, investigating psychologically and neurally plausible ways to model individual differences in risk taking and discounting, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decisions. Weber is past president of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and the Society for Neuroeconomics. She has edited two major decision journals, serves on the editorial boards of multiple journals across several disciplines and on advisory committees of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences related to human dimensions in global change, and is a lead author in Working Group III for the 5th Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Humans tend to focus their attention on themselves and on the here and now. But solving many social problems requires making decisions that entail immediate costs to us in return for uncertain benefits that occur much later and to distant others. Climate change is perhaps the quintessential example of such an urgent global challenge: individuals and societies must weigh up the immediate costs of reducing our business-as-usual GHG emission levels against the delayed, risky, and often disputed future benefits of climate mitigation efforts. Unfortunately, psychological theories generally predict that decision-makers will privilege the status quo in such decisions, despite its future costs, and give short shrift to the long-term benefits of GHG mitigation efforts. Professor Weber will present data for three interventions that focus people's attention on the future consequences of their actions and thus can help to enable choices that better balance short-term and long-term goals and objectives.

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Johanna Kohler will be facilitating a Graduate Seminar with Prof Elke Weber earlier that day from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on 'Determinants of Risky Decision Making'- all graduate students and staff are welcome to attend - RSVP

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5th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is pleased to host the Welcome Reception at this year's 5th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018 at the University of Cologne from 24th to 28th July 2018. Opening remarks by Professor Gordon Clark on Tuesday 24th July at 19:20 pm will feature information about the freshly published New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography. The theme for this year's conference, the biggest dedicated to economic geography will be 'Dynamics in an Unequal World' and will include cutting edge research on how the map of the world economy is changing, why it is changing and what we should do about it. Abstracts are still being sought with the deadline of 15th March and further information about the conference can be found on the conference website.

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Forthcoming Courses

Enterprise and the Environment Summer School

1-13 July 2018

The Enterprise and the Environment Summer School is designed, delivered and managed by the University of Oxford. It is a programme intended for undergraduates, as well as recent graduates and young professionals passionate about leading environmental change in business, NGOs or the government sector. The Summer School combines our world class faculty, cutting edge research and expert practitioners; they will explore topics with you such as environmental economics and policy, enterprise management, financial markets and investment to approach critical environmental challenges in the 21st century.

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Sustainable Finance Foundation Course 2018

9-13 September 2018

We are inviting applications for our Sustainable Finance Foundation Course (SFFC) in 2018. The SFFC was launched in 2016 has been designed and developed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in a range of sectors, for example: staff at environmental NGOs who would like to help the global financial system create better environmental outcomes; civil servants and regulators working to develop policies that can foster the development of sustainable finance; executives working in financial institutions that need an introduction to sustainability, the environment, and climate change as they relate to finance and investment; philanthropic funders looking to navigate sustainable finance topics so as to support the most impactful activities; and trustees or company directors that want to understand how sustainable finance relates to their fiduciary duties.

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