About us

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.

Our Story

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.

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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.

In 2021, Emily Farnworth joined the team to develop the research and knowledge brokering teams, help strengthen links with the University through Cambridge Zero and the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance in additional to supporting growing networks of critical importance to the overall mission of the Centre.

Our Team

Join our team

Job opportunities will be listed below as they become available.

Programme Director – Financial Services Programme
Climate Governance Initiative

The closing date is 30th June at Midday. Interviews will be held at Hughes Hall week commencing 15th July.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced programme director to join the Climate Governance Initiative – a unique and growing global platform to drive climate action on boards run in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

The Programme Director, Financial Services Programme will manage and support the Financial Services Programme of the Climate Governance Initiative. The Programme Director will work under the leadership of CGI’s Director and will manage the dedicated team for this stream. In particular, the role holder will be responsible for ensuring the programme’s successful creation, management of programme deliverables, and for the development and growth of engagement and partnerships with key investor groups.

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The closing date is 30th June at Midday. Interviews will be held at Hughes Hall week commencing 15th July.


Digital Communications Executive
Climate Governance Initiative

This is a six month fixed term contract position. The closing date is 17th June at Midday.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced programme director to join the Climate Governance Initiative – a unique and growing global platform to drive climate action on boards run in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

The Digital Communications Executive will enhance and disseminate the Climate Governance Initiative’s message and content across multiple digital platforms. The role- holder will be responsible for producing high-quality visual and written content, managing social media channels, maintaining our website, and supporting communications activities to foster a cohesive and interactive global community of engaged directors.