Mr Rupert Stuart-Smith

Research Associate in Climate Science and the Law, Oxford Sustainable Law Programme


Rupert Stuart-Smith is a Research Associate in Climate Science and the Law at the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme. His present research interests cover the use and interpretation of climate science evidence in litigation and methodological developments in climate change attribution science. His current work also spans climate and glacier modelling, the impacts of climate change on health and strategy development for climate litigation.

Rupert's recent publications include research on the impact of climate change on glacial retreat in Peru in the context of an ongoing lawsuit (Lliuya v RWE) and the evidence needed to bring successful legal claims on the impacts of climate change. His research has been published in leading scientific journals including Nature Geoscience and Nature Climate Change.

Rupert has authored expert reports for climate lawsuits and worked as a consultant for the Foundation for International Law for the Environment (FILE), supporting the development of FILE's legal granting strategy, and for WWF-UK, Climate Analytics and Vivid Economics. Prior to joining the Sustainable Law Programme, Rupert worked towards a DPhil and holds a BA(Hons) in Geography from the University of Oxford. Rupert has also received the Alfred Steers Prize from the Royal Geographical Society, awarded to the author of best Undergraduate dissertation in a UK geography department.

Rupert's work has been featured in the global media, including by The GuardianBBCSüddeutsche ZeitungReuters, and Carbon Brief.


  • Climate litigation
  • Climate change attribution science
  • Climate change impacts
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Climate change and glacial retreat
  • Use of scientific evidence in climate lawsuits

Media experience

Rupert Stuart-Smith has substantial experience with print media, radio and TV. Media experience includes coverage of his research, comments on extreme weather events, and other academic publications.