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.

Our Team

Join our team

We are recruiting. Please see the opportunities below:

Hoffmann Fellow: Post-Doctoral Position in AI and Climate Risk

Closing date: Midnight GMT on 4 January 2022

The Centre for Climate Engagement at Hughes Hall is partnering with the Department of Computer Science and Technology to explore the role of machine learning in supporting the ability of companies and investors to accurately assess and quantify the business risks of climate change. The aims of this partnership are aligned with the Hoffmann Fellowship Programme at the World Economic Forum and match funding for this post will be available. The Centre for Climate Change Engagement currently collaborates with the World Economic Forum as secretariat for the Climate Governance Initiative and this provides useful synergies for the findings and outputs of the research. The Hoffmann Fellow will be working in collaboration with the Forum, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the University of Cambridge.

Further information about this role can be found on the job description. To apply for this vacancy, please complete the application cover sheet. 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 Midnight GMT on 4 January 2022.


Engagement Manager – Climate Governance Initiative

Closing date: Midday GMT on 7 January 2022

Working with the Climate Governance Initiative Secretariat Manager and in collaboration with the Climate Governance Initiative community including the World Economic Forum, the Engagement Manager will develop, manage, and deliver the Engagement Strategy for the Secretariat of the Climate Governance Initiative. The post holder will engage the Chapters, encouraging exchange as well as knowledge building across this growing network. They will be in regular contact with the Chapters, building an understanding of their development and priorities in support of the Charter and in line with the Chapter Code of Conduct. The Engagement Manager will also work closely with the core team at the Centre for Climate Engagement to support knowledge sharing from the broader work programme at the Centre in support of the Climate Governance Initiative.

Further information about this role can be found on the job description. To apply for this vacancy, please complete the job 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 7 January 2022.


Research Associate in Company Law (Post1) or Administrative Law and Governance (Post2)

Closing date: Midnight GMT on 10 January 2022

Hughes Hall intends to establish a major new research initiative in Climate Law and Governance in conjunction with its Centre for Climate Engagement. This includes two stipendiary senior research or post-doctoral positions to pursue research on law and climate change. The first position will have a focus on UK company law and other relevant private law disciplines. This second position will focus on public and administrative law. Both positions will be expected to focus on the application of the specialist legal discipline to climate change. Both positions can extend up to three years, subject to successful probation of twelve months. The applicants will have expertise in their respective fields of law and an enthusiasm for their application to climate law, but need not have detailed knowledge of climate law itself.

Further information about this role can be found on the job description. To apply for this vacancy, please complete the application cover sheet. 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 Midnight GMT on 10 January 2022.