Confronting one of the world’s biggest challenges

The impacts of climate change are already being felt: from the human suffering caused by floods, droughts, and shocks to the food system, to irreversible changes in the natural world. There is an urgent need for action.

Smith School researchers work at the intersection of academia, public and private enterprise, and the environment, to provide analysis, insights and solutions to enable change.

Climate & the law

The Oxford Sustainable Law programme combines science with the law to address global sustainability challenges. Our cutting-edge research focuses on climate science and the law, systemic lawyering, the transition to net-zero, and climate risk governance. 


Climate & finance

Multi-disciplinary research from the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group (OSFG) aims to create real change in financial practice and policy, working with a range of special initiatives to tackle global environmental and social challenges. 


Online course

Oxford Climate Emergency Programme

Our climate emergency programme is aimed at senior executives who recognise their business needs to change in response to the impacts of climate change. Combining expertise from the Smith School and Saïd Business School, the online course provides guidance to help you drive action and transform your business.

Climate & economics

Our economics programme explores the design and implementation of economic policy initiatives that affect enterprise and the environment. We investigate how targeted interventions can help to accelerate the transition to net-zero, and also lead solutions-led research into economically, socially and environmentally scalable greenhouse gas removal options.


Taxing meat can protect the environment

Taxing meat could be an important lever for aligning Western diets with environmental goals and can be designed such that low-income households and farmers are compensated, find a forthcoming paper in the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, co-authored by SSEE Director Cameron Hepburn.


The FT: Scorching and surrounded by water, Singapore is on climate's front lines

Associate Professor Radhika Khosla told the Financial Times that rising temperatures and changing demographics will increase the demand for cooling systems in Asia. 'It is hard to say to families at the cusp of an increase in income that they should not have access to a service that is tied to the idea of development... India and Indonesia are on track for very high penetration of air conditioners in the next decade,' she said.