The Centre for Climate Engagement plays a unique role in bringing leading academic research to a targeted audience of chairs and non-executive directors to accelerate climate leadership on boards in the private and public sectors.
The Centre is uniquely placed to develop insights drawing on academic expertise from across the University of Cambridge and the wider research community, together with independent expertise from the business sector.
The Centre supports new areas of research particularly relevant for board members with a specific focus on climate law, governance, and organisational change. Our research is carried out directly by postdoctoral researchers, and indirectly via partnerships and collaboration with relevant experts.
Our mission is to encourage academic excellence in climate law, governance and organisational change, and to translate and transfer this knowledge to corporate boards to accelerate the race to net zero emissions and climate resilience.
The Centre was launched in 2018
The Centre was set up in 2018 as part of The Bridge initiative at Hughes Hall which leverages the College’s multi-disciplinary perspective, international nature and external focus to bring the research and expertise of its academic community to solve real world problems.
Founders of the Centre, Dr Ron Zimmern and Julie Baddeley, were particularly concerned that boardrooms of listed companies (with few exceptions) were not sufficiently engaged with the climate agenda. Many boards had not given it the priority that it deserves, and some had not discussed it at all.
The Centre was initially set up to provide general guidance and toolkits that might be of assistance to boards and non-executive directors, but explicitly not to provide consultancy services or direct educational activity. This has allowed for successful partnering and collaboration with academics, professional services firms and increasingly, law firms.
Chapter Zero was launched in 2019 and the Centre became the secretariat for the Climate Governance Initiative in 2020
Chapter Zero was launched in 2019 and became one of the first networks of chairs and non-executive directors supporting increased awareness and understanding of climate change. Working closely with the World Economic Forum, it helped to spur a global movement and in 2020 the Centre became the secretariat for the Climate Governance Initiative. The success of these growing communities has driven a need for expansion and continued focus on the role of the Centre to bridge between academia and the boardroom.
Co-Founder of the Centre for Climate Engagement and Chair of Chapter Zero
Julie has served on the boards of major organisations in the public and private sectors for more than 20 years. Julie has a background in change management and sees delivering a zero-carbon economy as the biggest change challenge for business in her lifetime.
Emily has over 25 years of experience working with businesses, governments and non-profit organizations to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Emily was previously the Head of Climate Initiatives at the World Economic Forum where she was involved in setting up the Climate Governance Initiative.
Rachel has a Natural Sciences degree from the University of Cambridge and is driven by a delight in communicating complex data to a broad audience. Rachel works across Centre projects, including the Climate Governance Initiative as well as Hughes Hall community engagement and outreach.
Head of Operations – Climate Governance Initiative
Sylvie was the Secretariat’s first employee in September 2020 and now oversees its business operations, implementation of the Climate Governance Initiative strategy and its impact. Sylvie studied modern languages at Cambridge University and subsequently an MBA at the Open University Business School, whilst working at Save the Children.
Sophy is a Senior Researcher, working within the Knowledge Brokering team to provide strategic insight and research to support content outputs for the CCE and Climate Governance Initiative. Sophy has nearly twenty years experience working across climate change and clean air policy for a range of academic, non-profit and international organisations.
With a background in corporate and community engagement, Clare brings 25 years of experience to this role. Recent projects have included working with a reforestation charity on their stakeholder engagement and operational effectiveness as well as a several years with BNP Paribas’s retail credit arm in the UK in Commercial Development. Clare aims to bring these diverse skills to bear on empowering a network which could be the tipping point for Climate Change action.
Climate Governance Initiative Branding and Communications Manager
Jack Cooper is the new Branding and Communications Manager for the Climate Governance Initiative. He has experience working with businesses, universities, industry associations, and international donor organisations on stakeholder engagement, marketing strategy, and campaign implementation
Barry is an Engagement Manager with CGI, using his experience with membership organisations to support the global network of CGI chapters. He also works on the Digital Education Futures Initiative team, based alongside CGI at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. Barry holds a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.
Harriet has over 15 years’ experience working in climate, energy and sustainable development in a policy and business context. Harriet collaborates with academic and industry experts to understand key areas of climate research and how these can be translated for non-executive directors to accelerate climate action.
Kirsten is a project manager for CCE, with a background in library and information management. They are focused on delivering the 2022 CGI Global Summit and developing a content communication strategy.
Samuel is a Research Associate at the Centre for Climate Engagement. He completed his PhD in the Faculty of Law at Oxford University. A public lawyer, he began his career as a legal advisor to the General Secretariat of the Presidency of Chile, where he is originally from. He also practised law for several years advising private and public companies in all aspects of public law, including planning and environmental law and natural resources law.
Nick has Law degrees from University of Cambridge and Berkley, California. Nick translates university research and determines how climate issues might affect a corporate audience. Current topics include greenhouse gas removal, carbon offsetting, and nature-based solutions to climate change.
Climate Governance Initiative Team Administrator
Jacquie is the Team Administrator for the Climate Governance Initiative Secretariat. She comes from a conference management and publishing background with extensive experience of supporting global teams to deliver high impact, high value programs and events with the minimum impact on the planet.
Angela provides executive support to the Centre for Climate Engagement, working across the programmes to provide operational management of core functions as well as facilitating the engagement and communications activities.
Daoping is a Hoffmann Fellow at the Centre for Climate Engagement. He is interested in exploring application of AI technologies in climate risk assessment and adaptation. He is also working with CCE and the World Economic Forum to transfer knowledge about global climate governance to policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public. Before joining Cambridge, Daoping received a PhD in Economics from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Join our team
Job opportunities will be listed below as they become available.
Academic Community Manager
Full Time, 3 years fixed-term Centre for Climate Engagement (CCE), Hughes Hall
We are looking for an experienced Academic Community Manager to join a vibrant and growing team to develop and manage an international group of academics focused on climate governance, law and policy to support key programmes across CCE that involve bridging between academics, board directors and legal professionals focused on climate action.
To apply for this vacancy, please complete the application form and include a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification. All documentation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The College welcomes expressions of interest and applications from candidates from all communities and a diversity of backgrounds. You are encouraged to complete the College’s Equality and Diversity form which should be emailed to email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Midday GMT on Monday 9th January 2023.