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Oxford Net Zero


The Oxford Net Zero initiative draws on the University of Oxford’s world-leading expertise in climate science and policy, addressing the critical issue of how to reach global ‘net zero’ in time to halt global warming. Leading academics from across the University’s disciplines, including Geography, Physics, Economics, Biology, Law and Earth Sciences, have come together to focus on the long-term questions necessary to achieve equitable, science-based solutions.

Oxford Net Zero aims to transform policies and practices at multiple scales to co-achieve net zero emissions and sustainable development. We will do this through the establishment of the world’s leading translational research initiative providing an integrated view of the scientific, ecological, economic and social challenges through sustained engagement with business, civil society and national and international policy makers.

PIs from outside the Smith School 

  • Prof Myles Allen | Director, Oxford Net Zero
  • Prof Nathalie Seddon | Director, Nature Based-Solutions Initiative
  • Prof Mike Kendall | Chair Of Geophysics, Oxford Earth Sciences
  • Prof Michael Obersteiner | Director, Environmental Change Institute
  • Prof Lavanya Rajamani | Oxford International Environmental Law
  • Prof Javier Lezaun | Director, Institute For Science, Innovation And Society
  • Prof Tom Hale | Oxford Global Public Policy
  • Prof Ros Rickaby | Oxford Earth Sciences


  • Climate Works 
  • UK Research & Innovation
  • Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 
  • University of Oxford’s Strategic Research Fund (SRF)