A warm welcome to Professor Fankhauser

We are delighted to announce a new member of the Reuben College Governing Body, Professor Sam Fankhauser, who has also just taken up his post as Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the School of Geography and the Environment.

Sam was previously Director of the Grantham Research Institute, which he joined at its start as a principal research fellow and helped build into a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment. He brings with him an exceptional depth of interests and expertise in climate and disaster resilience, the net zero transition, climate change policies and market designs, and sustainable development.

At Oxford, Sam is also research director for the newly launched Oxford Net Zero initiative, which draws on the university’s world-leading expertise in climate science and policy to urgently address the critical issue of reaching global ‘net zero’ in time to halt global warming.

Speaking about his new role, Sam said:

“We are entering a critical period in the fight against climate change, which will determine if we can keep global warming within safe limits. No institution is better placed to inform this challenge – analytically as well as practically – than the University of Oxford. I am excited to be part of this amazing community, and it is a privilege to be joining right from its start Oxford's newest college, Reuben College."

Monika Zurek, Reuben Fellow lead for environmental change, said:

"The Environmental Change fellows are delighted to welcome Sam to our group. The Oxford Net Zero initiative that brought Sam to Oxford is designed to foster international, interdisciplinary collaboration to inform effective and ambitious climate action. It is a timely initiative, and we are excited that Sam will be able to bring his unique expertise to Reuben College."

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