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 Dustin Garrick; Prof. Robert Hahn;

Galina Alova

Galina Alova

The low-carbon transition of the global electricity sector
Supervisors: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Dr Ben Caldecott;

Andrew Armstrong

Andrew Armstrong

Financing Piped Water Services in Rural Africa and Asia
Supervisors: Prof. Rob Hope; Dr Johanna Koehler;

Pablo Astudillo-Estévez

Pablo Astudillo-Estévez

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

Joris Bücker

Joris Bücker

Long term (economic) policy tools based on complexity economics and the non-linear planetary impact of climate change
Supervisor: Prof. Cameron Hepburn;

Alex Clark

Alex Clark

Stranded assets? Public management of fossil fuel assets in the international system
Supervisors: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Dr Ben Caldecott;

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;

Paulo de Souza

Paulo de Souza

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

Safa Fanaian

Safa Fanaian

Rivers and cities: exploring their complex water-risk and its governance
Supervisor: Dr Dustin Garrick;

Jimmy Jia

Jimmy Jia

A new tool for energy and environmental valuation to improve decision making for capital deployment of climate-resilient infrastructure
Supervisor: Dr Ben Caldecott;

Krister Koskelo

Krister Koskelo

Incorporating the costs of physical climate risks: A portfolio analysis approach
Supervisor: Dr Ben Caldecott;

Lucas Kruitwagen

Lucas Kruitwagen

The role of disclosure in the management of environment-related risks in the investment value chain
Supervisors: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Dr Ben Caldecott;

Yangsiyu Lu

Yangsiyu Lu

How does environmental policy impact firms? Evidence from China
Supervisors: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Dr Jacquelyn Pless;

Marcel Metzner

Marcel Metzner

Taking Planetary Boundaries Seriously: The Role of Accounting Practices in Corporate Climate Change Mitigation
Supervisor: Dr Caitlin McElroy;

Saskia Nowicki

Saskia Nowicki

The risk assessment imperative for ‘safe’ drinking water: traversing the technology-policy-management nexus to secure clean water supply
Supervisor: Dr Katrina Charles;

Rebecca Peters

Rebecca Peters

Socio-legal approaches to regulate urban river water security in South Asia
Supervisor: Prof. Rob Hope;

Anton Pichler

Anton Pichler

The impact of economic networks on technological change
Supervisor: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Prof Doyne Farmer, Oxford Martin School

Elena Pierard

Elena Pierard

Anticipating sustainability transitions: how energy majors engage with cleaner technologies
Supervisor: Dr Aoife Brophy Haney;

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

A Framework for Responsible Investment, with particular focus on proxy voting
Supervisor: Prof. Gordon L. Clark; Prof Professor Jonathan Michie, Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, Continuing Education

Ranu Sinha

Ranu Sinha

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

Johannes Wagner

Johannes Wagner

Research project on Rural Water Finance in Africa, with fieldwork in rural Mali and in cooperation with UDUMA.
Supervisor: Prof. Rob Hope;

Charles Wight

Charles Wight

Scarcity and Scale: Designing Water Markets for People and the Environment
Supervisor: Dr Dustin Garrick;

Christian Wilson

Christian Wilson

Paris Aligned Portfolios and the Real Economy
Supervisor: Dr Ben Caldecott;