"Our shared world: reconciling individual need and collective responsibility" - Panel Discussion

26 May 2016

Portrait of Professor Ian Goldin

with Professor Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development

Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016. He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, Director of the...

Portrait of Professor Dame Angela McLean

with Professor Dame Angela McLean
Professor of Mathematical Biology

Professor Dame Angela McLean is Lead Reseacher on the Oxford Martin Programme on Pandemic Genomics and the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease. She is also Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of...

Portrait of Professor Cameron Hepburn

with Professor Cameron Hepburn
Professor of Environmental Economics

Cameron Hepburn is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme, based at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. He is also Director and Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School of Enterprise...

Portrait of Professor Nick Eyre

with Professor Nick Eyre
Jackson Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Energy and Climate Policy

Professor Nick Eyre is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and Oriel College. He also leads the ECI programme on Lower Carbon Futures. He is a Co-Director of the multi-university collaboration, the UK En...

Portrait of Professor Richard Bailey

with Professor Richard Bailey
Associate Professor in Geochronology

Richard Bailey is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment, and Tutorial Fellow and Dean, at St Catherine's College; he is also an Oxford Martin Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Marti...

For most of the world’s toughest challenges, there exists a tension between the needs of an individual and what is best for the common good. Income derived from fishing may be vital to one country’s economy but overfishing depletes stocks to dangerously low levels. Low income countries need to develop in order to lift people out of poverty but this increases demand for fossil fuels at a point where global efforts to reduce carbon emissions have become critically important.

Some of Oxford’s leading thinkers on how to manage global commons and shared resources come to together for a lively panel debate to address the tension between individual rationality and collective responsibility, drawing on examples from the four lectures in this term’s series.


  • Professor Ian Goldin, (Chair), Director, Oxford Martin School
  • Professor Richard Bailey, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Sustainable Oceans
  • Professor Nick Eyre, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy
  • Professor Cameron Hepburn, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative
  • Professor Angela McLean, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Diseases