New Director for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

Professor Cameron Hepburn

Professor Cameron Hepburn has been announced as the new Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and from October 2018 will lead the School in its growing portfolio of research and education to shape business practices, government policy and stakeholder engagement on the environment.


As an Oxford economist, Cameron brings with him a wealth of expertise relating to energy, resources, climate and the environment. He is a world-recognised thinker on energy and climate policy, having served as an advisor to ministers in several countries including the UK, China, India and Australia, and advising international governmental organisations and institutions such as the OECD, UN and World Bank.

Cameron has played a key role in shaping the Smith School's success to date, serving as Deputy Director alongside Sir David King at the School's founding and lately as a Professor of Environmental Economics. Cameron is currently the Director of Economics of Sustainability within the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, where he will continue to foster linkages and research.

The Smith School has grown from strength to strength over the past decade since it was founded thanks to the generosity of Sir Martin and Lady Smith with a remit to bring public and private enterprises into conversations around climate change and the environment. It hosts an impressive research portfolio spanning a £15 million global water security programme; acting as an advisor to business on the growing income protection gap problem facing the UK; and providing a substantial voice in the sustainable finance world.

Commenting on the announcement, Sir Martin Smith said: "We have been grateful to Cameron's commitment to the Smith School since its very earliest days. We have watched him grow into an influential global spokesperson on energy and climate policy, offering key messages to guide both the public sector and the corporate world as they address the profound issues surrounding environmental change. We look forward with confidence to the prospect of the SSEE building on its achievements to date and moving into a new and exciting phase under his Directorship."

Cameron will take over the Directorship from Professor Gordon L Clark who has led the School since 2013. Gordon Clark said: "It's a wonderful appointment. I have no doubt that Cameron will reinforce the success of the School and take it in new directions that will cement its significance in the global academic community."