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About the Oxford Martin School

The Oxford Martin School was founded in 2005 to study the world's most urgent challenges. With academics working across more than 30 solutions-focused, pioneering research programmes, we foster ground-breaking collaborations at the frontiers of knowledge. From renewable energy to ocean sustainability, and from the future of work to tackling inequality, the unifying theme is that the research must be of the highest academic calibre, tackle issues of global significance, and could not have been undertaken without the Oxford Martin School's support.

Humanity stands at a crossroads; the sheer speed of change across sectors and systems, including technology, population, health and climate, means that we now have the power to destroy possibilities for future generations. Equally, we have the potential to dramatically improve the well-being of people across the planet. Underpinning all our research is the need to translate academic excellence into real-world impact, from innovations in science, medicine and technology, through to expert advice and policy recommendations.

About the Post-Carbon Transition

Modern human civilisation has been built upon energy from carbon-intensive fossil fuels. We are now on the cusp of a once-in-a-civilisation transition to a post-carbon society. The outcome of this transition could be a world that is cleaner, safer, smarter, more technologically advanced, and more prosperous. But the transition will necessarily involve structural transformation in many economic sectors. Doing more of the same will not achieve this.

In contrast, identifying positive ‘tipping points’ could help move global economic development firmly onto a zero carbon path. While there has been a great deal of research on catastrophic tipping points in the climate system, there has been relatively little on the positive tipping points in the potential societal response to climate change that might deliver accelerated action.

A richer understanding of complex socioeconomic systems could help policy makers and business leaders to find intervention points in these systems that are sensitive - where a modest action might trigger an outsized response and accelerate the achievement of global net-zero emissions.

The Oxford Martin School Post-Carbon Transition Programme investigates, and implements, sensitive intervention points (SIPs) to accelerate the transition to a post-carbon world. For more information on this exciting programme go to www.postcarbontransition.net

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