Project Manager and Researcher
Brian O'Callaghan is a Lead Researcher and Project Manager at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
His core research concerns the economic and environmental impacts of government investment (fiscal policy) and other associated questions of public finance (e.g., sustainable debt, supply chains).
He is interested in the role of green government policy in constrained economic environments (e.g., periods of economic distress) and how this relates to private investment.
Brian launched and is the Lead Researcher for the Smith School’s program on Government Policy and Investment (formally Oxford University Economic Recovery Project). Brian’s team runs the Oxford-UN Global Recovery Observatory and developed the Sustainable Budgeting Approach.
He is climate finance advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, the Robertson Foundation, the Boston Consulting Group, and former Research Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. He also consults regularly to government and business groups on issues relating to the energy and climate transitions (both mitigation and adaptation).
Brian defended his DPhil in environmental economics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He holds dual undergraduate degrees in Engineering (First Class Honours and the University Medal) and Commerce (Finance and International Business) from the University of Sydney.
- How Stimulating Is a Green Stimulus? The Economic Attributes of Green Fiscal Spending (2022)
- Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery Spending (2021)
- A Prosperous Green Recovery for South Africa (2021)
- The climate impact of alternative proteins (2021)
- Will COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages accelerate or retard progress on climate change? (2020)
- Five Lessons from COVID-19 for Advancing Climate Change Mitigation (2020)
- Briefing for policymakers: green hydrogen as fiscal stimulus (2020)
Recent media work (700+ appearances and references)
- Sweeping climate bill pushes American energy to go green (Associated Press, 2022)
- Energy Monitor: Get ready for a global clean energy surge, thanks to the US Inflation Reduction Act (Oped, 2022)
- Ukraine war, pandemic set to speed Europe's green energy transition, report finds (Reuters, 2022)
- Money for poor countries must rise tenfold, says UN (The Times, 2021)
- As details of COP26 deal emerge, a push to cut emissions faster and phase out fossil fuels (Washington Post, 2021)
- Sky News Australia: Australia could be a 'green economic powerhouse' (TV interview, 2021)
- The G7 Want to Save the World from Climate Change. But Are They Willing to Pay for It? (Time, 2021)
- Are we building back better? Not yet, UN report warns (Al Jazeera, 2021)
- Sustainability at Work: Green recovery spending. Is growth sustainable? (Podcast, 2021)
- BBC World News: Green recovery (TV interview, 2020)
- Building Back Better – How can businesses ensure our recovery from Covid is green? (BBC Radio 4, 2020)
- Why the Pandemic May Accelerate Airbus Investing in Greener Air Travel (Wall Street Journal, 2020)
- Heed lessons of 2008 crisis, experts warn global leaders (The Guardian, 2020)
- Making India’s post-Covid recovery green will help tackle growing environment challenges and generate jobs (The Times of India)
- COVID And Climate Change: How To Kill Two Birds With One Stone (Forbes, 2020) $$$