The educational courses we provide are underpinned by the Smith School's commitment to international engagement with climate change and long-term environmental sustainability. Our portfolio is designed to reach multiple audiences, from the Summer School aimed at graduates through to the Sustainable Finance Foundation Course targeted to senior managers and executive-level professionals. Our teaching is distilled with cutting-edge, world-class research on enterprise and the environment as we work towards an agenda of addressing the global challenges facing humanity. Our courses cover a broad range of themes, including:

Our courses cover a broad range of themes, including:

  • Corporate environmental management
  • Sustainable finance
  • Water
  • Natural capital and resource management
  • Environmental economics
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable business practices
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Resilience and adaptation

Previous programmes through the Smith School have included:

Leadership Programme in Environment and the Law

The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment partnered with environmental law NGO ClientEarth to design and deliver a leadership development programme for environmental judges selected by the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China. The programme took place over 18-23 August 2019 in Oxford. It was designed to equip the judges from across China with learning and case studies on European and UK environmental adjudication practices, as well as an understanding of the science and theory which underpins environmental litigation.

UK Green Finance Programme

A bespoke multi-cohort course for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office delivered in situ in different locations in North America, Southeast Asia, Australasia and Latin America. This is the first systematic effort by any government to up-skill their global diplomatic network on green finance. The course was designed to provide participants with a foundational knowledge of green finance and arm them with sufficient understanding to navigate some the key aspects and developments, as well as how to engage with senior overseas government and private sector representatives on the imperatives and benefits of green finance and the benefits of collaborating with the UK. The course was designed and delivered by Dr Ben Caldecott, founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme.

Financing Sustainable Energy Futures

This 4-day programme explored the financial, social and political contexts of developing our sustainable energy future. By engaging directly with world-leading energy experts, UK policy makers, corporations, and energy finance and strategy focused NGOs, the course offered participants an understanding of key issues related to the finance and politics of sustainable energy.

Oxford Adaptation Academy

In partnership with the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) the Smith School designed and delivered the Oxford Adaptation Academy, a three week course for climate adaptation professionals. Participants represented leading international institutions such as the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank and ICLEI.

Creating Sustainable Solutions: Transformations in Governance

Delivered alongside These Executive Minds (TEXEM) this programme explored how integrating financial, environmental, and social goals can enhance the performance of an organisation. The bespoke executive programme was specifically tailored to the African context and provided African executives the opportunity to explore the contextual realities facing their own organisations.

Enterprise and the Environment Doctoral Training Programme

A 5-day programme designed to develop PhD students understanding of the significance and impact of making their research relevant and accessible to business, and demonstrate the transferability of 'hard sciences' to corporate contexts. Learning was provided in a range of formats including lectures, case studies and debates undertaken by the Smith School academics and researchers, expert practitioners and industry professionals working at the forefront of enterprise and the environment.

For further information about the Smith School's educational programmes, please contact the Education Coordinator: executive.education@smithschool.ox.ac.uk