Resource Stewardship

Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship

What are we doing? 
We are working across the sciences, social sciences and humanities to radically rethink global resource stewardship. We aim to deliver a framework, accountable to future generations, that will create actionable input on critical global issues such as freshwater resources, land-use and atmosphere.

Why is it important?
Freshwater, land, atmosphere and biodiversity are universally vital resources subject to both cumulative and systemic pressures arising from human activities, which put them under threat of severe degradation and even depletion. Around the world these key resources are subject to a wide range of property rights and management regimes, the environmental efficacy and social equity of which are subject to competing ideological claims and disciplinary critiques.  

How are we different?
We have gathered an interdisciplinary team of philosophers, anthropologists, economists, modellers and environmental scientists to rethink how we monitor, manage, maintain and allocate globally important resources. Our aim is to work through understandings of individual and collective behaviour and current institutional practice, with a focus on how technical information is used in decision-making, to deliver a new framework for stewardship that will ensure that the world’s essential resources remain available for generations to come.

***This programme launched officially on the occasion of the public lecture by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. ***

Contact Us


Myles Allen

Professor Myles Allen

Professor of Geosystem Science
Jim Hall

Professor Jim Hall

Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks
Steve Rayner

Professor Steve Rayner

James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization
Katherine Willis

Professor Katherine Willis

Professor of Biodiversity

Principal Investigators

René Bañares-Alcántara

Dr René Bañares-Alcántara

Reader in Engineering Science
Mick Blowfield

Dr Mick Blowfield

Senior Research Fellow
Chris Farmer

Dr Chris Farmer

Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics
Sarah Harper

Professor Sarah Harper

Professor of Gerontology
Tim Palmer

Professor Tim Palmer

Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics
Gesine  Reinert

Professor Gesine Reinert

Professor of Statistics
Julian Savulescu

Professor Julian Savulescu

Uehiro Professor in Practical Ethics


David Bonilla

Dr David Bonilla

Senior Research Fellow in Transport, Energy & Economics
Nadira Faulmüller

Dr Nadira Faulmüller

Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Dustin Garrick

Dr Dustin Garrick

Sophie Haines

Dr Sophie Haines

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Marc Macias Fauria

Dr Marc Macias Fauria

Post Doctoral Researcher, Marie Curie Fellow
Liz Stephens

Dr Liz Stephens

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Pete Walton

Dr Pete Walton

James Martin Fellow