The University of Cambridge is home to many different research and policy groups with significant activities in the area of climate change, energy and economics. There are four communities here that are particularly relevant to our work because they are pieces of the puzzle to reducing the risks of climate change. Each has been coordinated at the University through initiatives and programmes that bring that collective expertise to bear on some of the most pressing challenges facing societies worldwide. They are in:
(i) Climate Change (coordinated through Cambridge Climate)
(ii) Energy (coordinated through Energy at Cambridge)
(iii) Sustainability (coordinated through the Centre for Sustainable Development and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership)
(iv) Conservation (coordinated through the Cambridge Conservation Initiative)
We collaborate with these communities of scholars regularly, as well as with the other organisations you will find listed below. To learn more about any of them, follow the links to their websites. If you are in a research group or other organisation with an interest in collaborations in studying the links between energy, economic and environmental systems as these relate broadly to climate change, please contact us and we will add you to the list below.
From Education to Policy
Our mission is to stimulate and inform climate change policies that lead to decarbonisation of the global economy. To prepare the next generation of leaders in this area of study and application, we have formed a strategic alliance with, and actively support, two organisations:
The Zero Carbon Society, which is the principal student organisation at the University of Cambridge offering an avenue through which students can engage with the research activities of 4CMR and the larger Cambridge Climate community, and with the policy and business communities. The Zero Carbon Society provides events, training, information, etc aimed at preparing students for dissertation research and future careers in climate science, policy and action.
The E3 (Energy-Economy-Environment) Foundation, which provides a venue through which early-stage researchers can gain experience in providing advice to the world of policy. E3 draws on the research findings of the Fellows (some of whom are or have been associated with 4CMR) to translate advanced research into policies, strategies and action plans for a range of environmental issues that touch on energy, economies and the environment (amoungst these being climate change).
From within the University of Cambridge
Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership conducts seminars and organises policy and strategy groups on diverse topics related to developing leadership capacity in the area of sustainability, including climate change.
Electricity Policy Research Group has a core discipline of economics and conducts its research through "collaboration between experts from... business, policy, engineering, political science and law."
Centre for Sustainable Development is a "research community covering sustainable development issues in the fields of water, waste, sustainable communities, assessment methodologies and fragile nation states".
Centre for Science and Policy "cultivates stronger relationships between policymakers and experts in science and engineering", organised around Centre Interest Groups and consultation meetings with Associates and other policymakers.
Centre for Economic and Public Policy focuses on "interpreting and understanding economic phenomena and public policy", with research foci in finance and growth/development.
YouGov-Cambridge ia a "think-tank that brings polling and academic experts together to co-produce world-leading research and consultancy on international public opinion". 4CMR partners with them in conducting national, EU and global polls of attitudes of decision-makers and opinion leaders in regard to climate and energy actions.
Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillhas a wide array of programmes related to climate change, and to sustainability more broadly. It is a widely interdisciplinary institute spanning science, engineering, policy, law and business.
Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Taiwan University. We conduct advanced research with the NTU group on modelling the environmental and health impacts or co-benefits of climate policies.
Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness, Doshisha University. We conduct collaborative research on the sustainability and carbon implications of innovations in transport design, construction, opertation and policy.