Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

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The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (also known as the Smith School) is an interdisciplinary department of the University of Oxford that brings together leaders from academia, government, and enterprise to address global environmental challenges. The Smith School was founded through a benefaction from the Smith Family Educational Foundation and officially opened in 2008.[1] The first director is Professor Sir David King, who served as the UK government's Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007.[2] On February 17, 2012 the Smith School announced Professor Gordon L. Clark FBA, Professor of Geography at Oxford University will take over as the School's second director.[3]


The Smith School has appointed fellows from a variety of disciplines in the sciences and social sciences,[4] faculty associates from departments across the University,[5] and visiting fellows from leading institutions in other parts of the world.[6]

The Smith School has six centres of research and teaching focusing on specific environmental challenges:

  • Catastrophe Risk Financing centre[7]
  • Climate and Development centre[8]
  • Environmental Economics centre[9]
  • Environmental Sciences and Governance centre[10]
  • Low-Carbon Mobility centre[11]
  • Private Sector Transformation centre[12]

At the core of the centres is the Futures Directorate,[13] which works with the academic, business, and policy communities to deliver in-depth foresight analyses of 21st-century environmental challenges.

World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment[edit]

Al Gore and Smith School Director Sir David King at the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment held at Oxford University in July 2009.

Each year the Smith School hosts a World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment. The inaugural Times/Smith School World Forum was a three-day conference held in Oxford in July 2009. Attended by more than 200 of the world's leading climate change experts, the conference focused on ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Guest speakers included former US Vice-President and Nobel laureate Al Gore, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, former BP chief executive Lord Browne of Madingley, Lord Anthony Giddens, and Professor Jacqueline McGlade of the European Environment Agency.[14]

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