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Kellogg reflects on COP28

February 23, 2024

Research and reflections on COP28 from three members of our college community

Kellogg has made sustainability integral to the research interests of the college. From the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation (GCHU) and the Centre for Mutual and Co-owned Businesses to the work of our emerging master’s students, sustainability features as a key part of how we address the challenges of today and prepare for the future that tomorrow holds.

The United Nations Climate Change conferences (or COPs) have taken place every year, for the last 28 years. In the words of the UN ‘to put it simply, the COP is where the world comes together to agree on the ways to address the climate crisis’.

COP28 was held in Dubai in December 2023 with more than 70,000 delegates in attendance. Kellogg was well represented and as part of Oxford University’s Green Action Week, we are pleased to share the research and reflections from three members of our college community who took part in this year’s event.

Sustainable funding

It is obvious that there’s a need for collaboration between government, financial institutions, and investment managers to realise broad economic objectives and the Sustainability Development Goals.

Dr Ana Nacvalavaite, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Mutual and Co-Owned Business, attended COP28, and upon her return wrote the following blog which expresses her outtakes on approaches to sustainable investment strategies that put environmental, social, and governance (‘ESG’) considerations first.

Read Dr Ana Nacvalavaite’s full article here.


Closer collaboration

COP28 highlighted the urgency to address climate change more broadly and the need to shift the narrative to delivering on climate action. The negotiations have accelerated the need for more cross-sectoral collaboration, fostering inclusivity in our pursuit of a resilient 1.5C world that leaves no one behind.

Katherine Maxwell

Dr Katherine Maxwell, a Visiting Fellow who is part of the GCHU was also in attendance. Following COP28, Katherine has written a report outlining the key outcomes from the event, delving into the takeaways, and exploring the implications for the world’s urban centres, where the majority of the global population resides.

Read Dr Maxwell’s full report on COP28.

Impact on Africa

It is imperative that developed countries uphold their commitments and provide robust support to developing nations in their pursuit of effective climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The time for decisive action and solidarity is now.

It wasn’t just researchers and Fellows from our Research Centres that attended COP28. James Woods, who is currently on the Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) course was also in attendance. James, from Malawi, has a background in diplomacy working with various Malawian missions in the EU prior to undertaking his EMBA. On his return from COP28, James wrote an article focusing on the impact that COP agreements will have on African nations.

Read James’ full article on the Pan African Visions website.