The course is designed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and the content is underpinned by their research, academics and networks. The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme is a multidisciplinary research centre working to be the world's best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. It was established in 2019 to align the theory and practice of finance and investment with global environmental sustainability. The Course Directors are:
Dr Ben Caldecott
Dr Ben Caldecott is the founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme. He is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, a Visiting Researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben is also a Senior Advisor to the Chair and CEO of the UK Green Finance Institute and a Policy Associate at the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he is a Director-level secondee in the Strategy Directorate providing advice on a range of policy issues, many of which are related to finance, investment, and market design. He has conceived and initiated a number of initiatives related to sustainable finance. Ben founded and co-chairs the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), an alliance of global research universities promoting rigorous and impactful academic research on sustainable finance. He established and leads the Sustainable Finance Theme at The Alan Turing Institute and initiated the Spatial Finance Initiative, which aims to mainstream geospatial capabilities enabled by space technology and data science into financial decision-making globally. He co-founded the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), which is examining the legal basis for directors and trustees to consider, manage, and report on climate change-related risk, and the circumstances in which they may be liable for failing to do so.
Dr Elizabeth Harnett
Dr Elizabeth Harnett leads the Future of Engagement programme within the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. She is a post-doctoral researcher with a focus on mainstreaming sustainable finance practices throughout global investment systems. She is committed to reducing the information and knowledge gaps between academia and industry, and is currently a technical advisor to the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Funds providing guidance to SWFs and asset managers controlling $18trn on the integration of climate change into their investment portfolios.
Elizabeth also teaches on Oxford's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is a Stipendiary Lecturer in Human Geography at Jesus College and a Stevens-Barlow Junior Research Fellowship at Regent's Park College. She holds a master's degree with distinction in nature, society and environmental policy, and a doctorate in economic geography; both from the University of Oxford.