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.

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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.

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.

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Job opportunities will be listed below as they become available.

Law & Climate Research Internship – Summer 2022

We have an exciting opportunity to be part of a new research project looking at the climate action opportunities within current laws and regulations. This Law & Climate Research Internship opportunity is based at the Centre for Climate Engagement, Hughes Hall.

The Centre for Climate Engagement at Hughes Hall is establishing a summer Law & Climate Research Internship programme, which is open to undergraduate and postgraduate law students (up to one-year post-completion of undergraduate degree), currently studying at the University of Cambridge. The programme is being run in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and will include up to five internship positions, with a focus on conducting desk research in law and climate change.

We are currently recruiting for applications to these positions. The internships will run for the equivalent of two full-time weeks (75 hours), which can be completed over two months (July and August). The interns will be based at Hughes Hall but can work remotely.

Internship purpose 

The core obligation of the intern positions will be to help research and write sections of a new online resource under development that maps how climate change intersects with a wide range of areas of law. This will involve conducting legal research focussed on specific areas of law and climate change and writing concise, academically rigorous summaries of different areas of law.  

To find out more and to apply for intern position, please click below:

Deadline for applications is 31 May 2022.