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People Professor Cameron Hepburn

Director, Economics of Sustainability, The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School


Professor of Environmental Economics

Professor Cameron Hepburn is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. He is an expert in environmental, resource and energy economics. He has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy, law, engineering, philosophy, and biology.

He is involved in policy formation, including as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group. He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful businesses and investing in several other start-ups.

Cameron 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.

Cameron began his business career with work at oil multinational Shell, law firm Mallesons and then management consultancy McKinsey & Co.  Cameron is now a founder-investor in the social enterprise and clean energy sectors.

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.