Cameron Hepburn is co-founder of Climate Bridge, based in London. He is very well known in Europe for his expertise in climate change economics, business and policy. Cameron is Professor of environmental economics at the University of Oxford, based at the Smith School and the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, and is also Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and a Fellow at New College, Oxford.
Cameron previously worked for McKinsey & Company in Australia and Europe and Shell Australia on environmental management. He serves as a Member of the Economics Advisory Group to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, the Academic Panel for UK DEFRA, as a Director of Vivid Economics Ltd, and on several other advisory boards. Cameron holds first class degrees in law and chemical engineering from Melbourne University, and a masters and doctorate in economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in a range of disciplines, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the challenges in the resources and energy sectors. He has particular expertise in environmental and climate-change economics, with research interests in the theory and implementation of emissions trading, the economics and ethics of cost-benefit analysis, green growth and behavioural economics.
Cameron has provided advice on energy and environmental policy to governments and international institutions around the world. He is a member of the Economics Advisory Group (with Lord Stern and Professor Helm) to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. He served for almost a decade as a member of the Academic Panel, in the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has advised governments (e.g. China, India, UK, Australia) and international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN organisations) on energy, resources and environmental policy.
He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful environmental businesses and investing in several other start-ups. In 2006, with Alex Wyatt he co-founded Climate Bridge, a developer of clean energy projects in China and around the world, with offices in four countries. Also in 2006, with Robin Smale he co-founded Vivid Economics, a boutique economics consultancy where he has worked with private sector (and government) clients on strategy in relation to market structure and resource, energy and environmental issues. He is an investor in Purpose, a firm that uses digital technology to create mass consumer movements, and DoSustainability, a specialist electronic publisher.
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