Graduate Students

The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) does not offer an independent graduate programme but senior SSEE academics are able to supervise students who are admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) programme at the School of Geography and the Environment or other DPhil programmes around the University of Oxford. Prospective graduate students should apply through the School of Geography and the Environment's International Graduate School in the first instance.

Choosing a supervisor

DPhil students are required to identify primary and secondary supervisors. If you wish to work with a member of the SSEE you should contact them directly to discuss your proposed topic. The following SSEE staff are available as primary DPhil supervisors:

In addition, some members of the School of Geography and the Environment's academic staff have related interests and may co-supervise with SSEE staff if they are interested in the project and are not already oversubscribed in terms of supervision.

Current Doctoral (DPhil) Research Students

The international and interdisciplinary nature of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment's research is reflected in the range of postgraduate research topics our graduate students undertake:

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes

Conserving Africa's rhinos and elephants: geography, economics and policy
Supervisors: Dr Paul Jepson; Prof. Robert Hahn;

Pablo Astudillo-EstÚvez

Pablo Astudillo-EstÚvez

Path dependence, reinforcement mechanisms and economic complexity in commodity-exporting countries
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Micol Chiesa

Micol Chiesa

Do firms forget about the environment? Evidence from publicly listed corporations
Supervisors: Prof. Gordon L. Clark; Dr Caitlin McElroy;

Pierre-Louis Choquet

Pierre-Louis Choquet

A shared responsibility in the face of climate change: the case for "unburnable carbon"
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Theodor Cojoianu

Theodor Cojoianu

Environmental investment strategies across the investment value chain: addressing the investment gap in clean technologies - from asset owners to entrepreneurs
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Sergio Henrique Collašo de Carvalho

Sergio Henrique Collašo de Carvalho

Protected Area Financing in Megadiverse Upper-Middle Income Countries
Supervisor: Dr Paul Jepson;

Paulo De Souza

Paulo De Souza

Can society and corporations share the same perspective on sustainability? Should they?
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Alexander Fischer

Alexander Fischer

Do new information flows influence better water institutions in fragile states? Exploring the contingent relationships between decision-makers and measurement technologies
Supervisor: Dr Rob Hope;

Yujie Gan

Yujie Gan

Tackling the Chinese Pension System: demographic transition, pension investment, and the financial regulation
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Jennifer Gooden

Jennifer Gooden

Investing in nature: the premise and promise of private conservation
Supervisors: Prof. Gordon L. Clark; Dr Richard Grenyer;

Elizabeth Harnett

Elizabeth Harnett

The diffusion of responsible investment discourses and practices: the role and impact of investment consultants
Supervisors: Prof. Gordon L. Clark; Dr Caitlin McElroy;

Christopher Kaminker

Christopher Kaminker

The role of institutional investors in financing sustainable energy
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Jacob Katuva

Jacob Katuva

Geospatially distributed impacts of mining and irrigation on water growth and development in Kwale, Kenya
Supervisor: Dr Rob Hope;

Johanna Koehler

Johanna Koehler

Democracy, decentralisation and development in Kenya: an assessment of structural change in the water sector
Supervisor: Dr Rob Hope;

Penelope Mealy

Penelope Mealy

Which way to prosperity? Mapping and modelling the process of economic development
Supervisor: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Prof Doyne Famer

Stephanie Mooij

Stephanie Mooij

What are the major obstacles facing corporations in the uproar of ESG and what can be done to fix that? Reporting fatigue and ambiguous expectations
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Alexander Pfeiffer

Alexander Pfeiffer

Stranded assets and debt - how debt markets are likely to react to a re-valuation of carbon heavy assets
Supervisor: Prof. Cameron Hepburn;

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

A multi-jurisdictional study of proxy voting by retail investors, with specific reference to their interest in Responsible Investing
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark; Prof Professor Jonathan Michie, Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, Continuing Education

Aniket Shah

Aniket Shah

The economic geography of development banking for sustainable development
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Xuanyi Sheng

Xuanyi Sheng

The governance and management of public-private partnerships bringing together stakeholders in the realization of complex engineering projects - One Belt One Road Initiative
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;

Ranu Sinha

Ranu Sinha

Pathways to Water Security: Evaluating the impacts of irrigation investments in Madhya Pradesh, India
Supervisors: Dr Rob Hope; Dr Simon Dadson;

Jesper Svensson

Jesper Svensson

Water allocation and collective action in China: state, market and community responses to scarcity and freshwater variability
Supervisor: Dr Dustin Garrick;

Michael Urban

Michael Urban

US Public Pension funds internal capabilities: searching for an alternative financial culture
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark;