Rupert Stuart-Smith is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford where his research focuses on climate change litigation and attributing climate change damages to individual emitters of greenhouse gases, supervised by Professors Friederike Otto and Cameron Hepburn, and Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner. His recent research has also spanned glacier and climate modelling and sustainable finance.
Rupert’s recent work has provided evidence of the impact of climate change on glacial retreat in Peru in the context of an ongoing legal case (Lliuya v RWE). His research also includes evaluation of corporate emission reduction commitments in the energy sector, in collaboration with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Rupert has also worked as a consultant to FILE Foundation, WWF-UK and Vivid Economics. He has also helped to develop the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme’s work on climate attribution.
Rupert holds a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford. During his time as an undergraduate, Rupert developed an investment strategy aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement with St Hilda’s College, Oxford, the Oxford Martin School and Sarasin & Partners.
2020 Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize, Royal Geographical Society (best Undergraduate dissertation in a UK geography department)
2019 H.O. Beckit Prize for the best Physical Geography Dissertation, University of Oxford
2017 Nielsen Scholarship in Geography, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
Foundation for International Law for the Environment (FILE), Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Climate Analytics.