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Bill Finnegan is a DPhil student at the School of Geography and the Environment and part of the energy group at the Environmental Change Institute.

His doctoral research explores secondary school energy and climate programmes in the UK. He is interested in the social practices of energy use in schools, the climate and energy literacies of different school stakeholders, the empowerment of school climate strikers, and the relationship between schools and their surrounding communities in terms of achieving net-zero targets. He uses social data science and digital storytelling methods in his research.

Why is Oxford a good place to work in research related to environmental challenges?

Oxford is an exciting place to be researching sustainability. The Environmental Change Institute is a dynamic community of researchers working across a variety of disciplines, and the university has made sustainability a priority for research and operations.

What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the planet right now?

We face twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, which must be approached in concert to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and biodiversity net-gain, while at the same time addressing social justice and equity.

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?  

I am hopeful about the future, but not optimistic. Hope implies that a better future is possible, but we can’t take it for granted, and only by taking individual and collective action now will we achieve a thriving, resilient future.

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