About Us – Oxford Net Zero

Oxford Net Zero is an interdisciplinary research initiative based in the University of Oxford’s fifteen years of research on climate neutrality.  Our research fellows recruited from partner institutions from around the world are working to track progress, align standards and inform effective solutions in climate science, law, policy, economics, clean energy, transport, land and food systems and greenhouse gas removal and storage.  

Our aim is to address the issue of how we limit the cumulative net total CO2 in the atmosphere, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, while acknowledging that it is now inevitable that more CO2 will be generated from energy, industry and land-use change than our goals allow.

Our mission is to inform effective and ambitious climate action among those setting net zero targets in institutions and governments across the globe. Oxford coordinates with other academic institutions and research hubs around the world to undertake a series of engagement exercises with publics and with key stakeholders in policy, industry and civil society/ climate action circles. We are engaging net zero committers through principles and policies, practical tools, and progress tracking. 

Read our six month impact review here

 

Our Principal Investigators

Our research is by directed by leading academics:

PROF MYLES ALLEN

LEADER, CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAMME

PROF Sam Fankhauser

RESEARCH DIRECTOR, OXFORD NET ZERO

DR RADHIKA KHOSLA

DIRECTOR, OXFORD INDIA CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 

PROF CAMERON HEPBURN

DIRECTOR, ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME

 

PROF NATHALIE SEDDON

DIRECTOR, NATURE BASED-SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE

PROF MIKE KENDALL

CHAIR OF GEOPHYSICS, OXFORD EARTH SCIENCES

 

Dr Stephen Smith

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OXFORD NET ZERO

 

PROF MICHAEL OBERSTEINER

DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE INSTITUTE

 

Prof Lavanya Rajamani

OXFORD INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

 

PROF THOM WETZER

OXFORD LAW AND FINANCE 

PROF JAVIER LEZAUN

DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND SOCIETY

Prof TOM HALE

OXFORD GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICY

 

PROF ROS RICKABY

OXFORD EARTH SCIENCES

Dr Aoife Brophy

JOINT APPOINTEE, SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL & THE SMITH SCHOOL OF ENTERPRISE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Our Fellows

 

DR Jessica Omukuti

RESEARCH FELLOW ON INCLUSIVE NET ZERO

Kaya Axelsson

POLICY ENGAGEMENT FELLOW | TEAM LEAD

Dr Tom Kettlety

RESEARCH FELLOW IN GEOLOGICAL CARBON STORAGE

 

DR ALINE SOTERRONI

RESEARCH FELLOW ON NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

DR DONGHYUN LEE

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE ON THE CARBON CYCLE IN THE NET ZERO TRANSITION

DR JOSE MARIA VALENZUELA

RESEARCH FELLOW ON GOVERNANCE AND STANDARDS FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

 

DR CONOR HICKEY

RESEARCH FELLOW IN SCENARIOS AND BUSINESS MODELS FOR THE TRANSITION TO NET ZERO

STUART JENKINS

RESEARCH FELLOW IN PHYSICAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPLY-SIDE MITIGATION POLICY  

TRISTRAM WALSH

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND STRATEGY LEAD

Our Associates

 

Kate Cullen

ASSOCIATE

Charmian Love

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR AT B LAB UK

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE, SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL

Our PROGRAMME Team

Our programme team ensures the smooth delivery of the programme and helps socialise our research and solutions across business and policy networks.

 

Katherine Chesson

PROGRAMME MANAGER

GEORGE HOPE

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

María Lemos González

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Sophie Littlewood

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

CHRISTIAN SCHROEDER DE WITT

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT & PRODUCT LEAD

MIA CLEMENT

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

This platform also benefits from support from Climate Works and the UKRI, the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (the 4C and Negem projects), and the University of Oxford’s Strategic Research Fund (SRF).