Ben Caldecott | University of Oxford

Ben Caldecott

Director of the Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment


Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, government, civil society, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain.

He is the author of a large number of publications and is an experienced media commentator and public speaker. He holds a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the City of London Green Finance Initiative, University of Oxford Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee, Green Alliance, Carbon Tracker Initiative, and the Natural Capital Declaration. He is also an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Prior to joining the University of Oxford he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company’s research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets. Ben has previously worked as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.

Ben holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Oxford. He initially read economics and specialised in development and China at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Peking University and held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford, the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. Ben is also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Royal Geographical Society, an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue, a Senior Associate at E3G, and a Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College, Oxford.


  • Climate change
  • Climate change policy
  • UK/EU/China/US climate policy
  • Sustainability
  • Energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Green investment
  • Stranded assets
  • Fossil fuel divestment
  • Institutional investment

Media experience

Ben has extensive experience of working with major national and international media, including print, broadcast and online.