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

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Job opportunities will be listed below as they become available.

CCE Summer Internship Programme

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

The CCE summer Internship programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students (up to one-year post-completion of undergraduate degree). The programme will include up to seven internship positions, with a focus on conducting desk research in climate governance and law and climate change. 

We are currently recruiting for applications to these positions. The 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. 

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

Law & Climate Change Research Intern 

Legal research interns will be responsible for updating and expanding the Centre for Climate Engagement’s Law and Climate Atlas, which was launched at the end of 2022. The Law and Climate Atlas maps how climate change is relevant to various areas of law, giving legal practitioners, students and researchers an overview of how different legal fields are changing during the net zero transition. This internship will be focussed on the Law and Climate Atlas, with key outputs and tasks including:  

  • Reviewing existing sections to ensure that they remain accurate in light of any recent legal developments, and proposing new amendments or insertions to reflect key legal changes.  
  • Helping to research and draft new sections to expand the Atlas so that it covers more areas of law. 
  • Analysing how different areas of law covered in the Atlas might be relevant to contracts.  


The job description includes links to download the application form and tutor permission form.

Climate Governance Initiative – Chapter Engagement Internship 

The Chapter Engagement team is working to develop a scalable approach in support an ever-growing number of chapters from around the globe. The chapter engagement intern will contribute to this work through desk-based research and event coordination.  The chapter engagement intern will conduct desk-based research, produce summary documents for the chapter engagement manager, and assist with preparations for an event being produced in association with the US chapter of the Initiative.  This internship will be focussed on the chapter engagement, with projects and responsibilities such as:  

  • Assessing which corporations and organisations are represented based on the individuals sitting on Chapter boards and steering committees
  • Supporting the team in preparation for a Climate Governance Initiative event in New York and a visit from the Brazilian Chapter to Cambridge
  • Ad-hoc research needed to support the Chapter Engagement team activities over the summer


The job description includes links to download the application form and tutor permission form.

If you are interested in applying for one of the internship position, please complete the application form associated with the position you are interested in, along with the tutor permission if required, and submit to climate@hughes.cam.ac.uk by midday on 31 May 2023.

Junior Content Lead

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We have an exciting opportunity to join the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement as a Junior Content Lead to translate and transfer academic insight in law and governance to drive climate action in the boardroom. The role will involve working with leading lawyers, law firms, academics and NGOs to analyse and promote the use of legal levers to address climate change. The Junior Content Lead will join a vibrant and growing content team and play an important role in developing the CCE’s Law for Climate Action programme, which engages the legal community to understand how to leverage laws and regulations to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation with a focus on board-level intervention. 

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 on 14th June 2023