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Brian is Lead Researcher and Project Manager of the Oxford University Economic Recovery Project, which monitors and advises on government investment to achieve a sustainable recovery from the pandemic. He is also a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Main area(s) of interest/expertise

Brian’s core research concerns the economic impacts of fiscal spending. He is interested in the role that green fiscal spending initiatives can have in times of economic distress and their relation to private investment.

He is an Australian Rhodes Scholar and Consultant at the Robertson Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group, covering topics in Energy and the Environment. He is also a consultant to government and business groups on issues relating to the energy and climate transitions.

His supplementary research interests include the economics of green hydrogen and methods for reducing perceived risk in renewable energy finance. 

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

Oxford academics work on some of the world’s most difficult environmental challenges. Oxford is a place where world leading experts across fields come together to find workable solutions that are scientifically valid, economically attractive, socially just, politically tenable, legally appropriate, and practical to engineer.

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

Combatting climate change without slowing development and/or ceding quality of life. Fortunately, in many sectors we already have solutions that help us do just that!

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?  

Not only am I optimistic about the future; I’m excited for it. Rapid advances in technology are birthing new sectors, likely to shape the global economy for decades to come. I am excited to be a part of that.

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