Cameron Hepburn

Cameron Hepburn has had a career spanning academia, business and public policy.

Cameron graduated with first-class honors in law and chemical engineering (with a diploma in French) from the University of Melbourne, and proceeded on a Rhodes Scholarship to complete an M.Phil and D.Phil (Ph.D) in economics from the University of Oxford. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in a range of disciplines, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the challenges in the resources and energy sectors.

He has particular expertise in environmental and climate-change economics, with research interests in the theory and implementation of emissions trading, the economics and ethics of cost-benefit analysis, green growth, behavioral economics, and discounting and intertemporal optimization. Cameron currently holds academic positions as Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford (Smith School and INET at the Oxford Martin School), Professor of Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics (Grantham Research Institute), Research Fellow at New College, Oxford, Senior Research Advisor at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and Managing Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

Cameron is a member of the Economics Advisory Group (with Lord Stern and Professor Helm) to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.  He served for almost a decade as a member of the Academic Panel, in the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  He has advised governments (e.g. China, India, UK, Australia) and international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN organisations) on energy, resources and environmental policy.

Cameron began his business career with work at oil multinational Shell, law firm Mallesons and then management consultancy McKinsey & Co.  Cameron is now a founder-investor in the social enterprise and clean energy sectors. In 2006, with Alex Wyatt he co-founded Climate Bridge, a developer of clean energy projects in China and around the world, with offices in four countries.  Also in 2006, with Robin Smale he co-founded Vivid Economics, a boutique economics consultancy where he has worked with private sector (and government) clients on strategy in relation to market structure and resource, energy and environmental issues. He is an investor in Purpose, a firm that uses digital technology to create mass consumer movements, and DoSustainability, a specialist electronic publisher.  He also serves on Advisory Boards for other companies (e.g. the Carbon Neutral Company).