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.

Centre Finance Accountant

We are looking for an experienced Academic Centre Finance Accountant to join a vibrant and growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Financial Accountant to ensure the smooth running of the budgeting, financial management and grant related functions within the Centre.

The Financial Accountant will work with the Director and Centre Manager, to effectively manage income and expenditure that will positively contribute to the financial position of the Centre for Climate Engagement and the College. This will be achieved through time provision of accurate and high standard financial information, including management accounts and committee packs, funders’ report, the provision of support in preparation of budgets, forecasts, funding proposals, and ongoing review of financial performance and resolution of issues arising therefrom. The Financial Accountant will report to the Manager of the Centre for Climate Engagement, but will work closely with the Finance Manager and the finance team at Hughes Hall.

Further information about this role can be found on the job description.

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 hr@hughes.cam.ac.uk .

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 hr@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is Midday GMT on Friday 17th May 2024. Interviews will be held at Hughes Hall Cambridge.


CCE Summer Internship Programme

The Centre for Climate Engagement (CCE) at Hughes Hall is pleased to announce its 2024 Summer Internship Programme, which offers several exciting opportunities to engage with our programmes and activities.

The CCE Summer Internship Programme is open to UK undergraduate and postgraduate students (up to one-year post-completion of undergraduate degree), with current proof of right to work in the U.K.The programme will include up to ten internship positions, with a focus on conducting desk research in climate governance and law and climate change.

We welcome applications from students currently attending U.K. Universities who qualify for the right to work in the U.K. for the internship positions listed below. We are currently recruiting for applications to the positions listed below. he internships will run for the equivalent up to four full-time weeks (up to 150 hours), which can be completed over June to September as applicable for the individual positions. The interns will be based at Hughes Hall but can work remotely within the U.K.

Centre for Climate Engagement:
  1. Content Intern – Corporate Governance
  2. Content Intern – Greenhouse Gas Removals
  3. CCE Legal Research Internship
  4. CCE Law and Policy Internship
  5. CANFFUND project – Investment intern
  6. CANFFUND project – data intern
Climate Governance Initiative:
  1. Operations Support
  2. Partnerships Support

If you are interested in applying for one of the internship position, please complete the application form, along with the tutor permission if required, and submit to climate@hughes.cam.ac.uk by midday on 31 May 2024. Find out more