Programmes Resource Stewardship
The Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship was established with funding from the Oxford Martin School for a three-year programme of research. Although funding of the Programme has finished, its Directors; Professor Jim Hall, Professor Myles Allen, Professor Kathy Willis and Professor Steve Rayner remain actively involved with the School within other active research programmes.
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.
Fundamental principles of resource stewardship