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Director, Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford

Ben Caldecott is Director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. The Sustainable Finance Programme incorporates and builds on the Stranded Assets Programme that he founded in 2012. He is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Ben has authored and edited a wide range of publications related to the environment and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. He is also a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, the University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, Green Alliance, Carbon Tracker Initiative, and the Natural Capital Declaration.

Prior to joining the Oxford Smith School he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company’s research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Ben has previously worked as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.

Ben read economics and specialised in development and China at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Peking University and held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney. Ben is also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue, a Senior Associate at E3G, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.


  • 2012–present
    Director, Stranded Assets Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford