The Oxford Geoengineering Programme was founded in 2010 as an initiative of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.
What are we doing?
Our research centres around the question of what, if any, geoengineering techniques could be most effectively employed, and how such a global process might be governed.
Why is it important?
Geoengineering is the deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to address climate change. Although we believe that society’s first priority should be to reduce global carbon emissions, in dealing with climate change it may be wise to consider geoengineering the climate to reduce the harmful levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
How are we different?
Our programme is a unique partnership that includes engineers, natural scientists and experts in governance to focus equally on robust science and thoroughly considered ethics. A core component of our activity includes engagement with policy makers, opinion formers and environmental NGOs to build a collaborative and multi-perspective platform for open debate.
- Heyward, C., Savulescu, J. and Rayner, S., (2017), 'Early Geoengineering Governance: The Oxford Principles'. in D. Kaplan, (Ed.) Philosophy, Technology and Environment. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press)