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Programme Director of the MSc Climate Change Finance & Investment and Lecturer in Climate Finance & Investment

Roles and Responsibilities

Ian is the programme director of the MSc Climate Change Finance & Investment and part of the Accounting and Finance Group in the University of Edinburgh Business School. He is a member of the Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability (B-CaSS). As a Lecturer, he is the course organiser for three courses: Climate Policy & Investment, International Climate Finance and Climate Risk & Investment Alignment.


Ian Cochran is also an External Advisor at I4CE - Institute for Climate Economics contributing to the public-interest think tank’s work on investment, climate, and decision-making support.

Ian holds a PhD in economics from Université Paris-Dauphine (France), a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from Sciences-Po Paris (France) and a BA in Policy Studies from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs (USA). Before joining I4CE, Ian held various roles at I4CE as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Ian has lectured in master's-level programmes at Sciences-Po Paris and Université Paris-Dauphine.

Research Interests

Ian has worked in the area of climate and environmental policy for close to fifteen years, focusing his expertise on the mainstreaming of climate-change related issues into decision making and institutional governance. He currently works on a broad range of investment-related issues, including Paris Alignment, the role of public financial institutions in the low-carbon transition; the environmental integrity of financial products; climate risk perception by financial actors; international and national climate-related financial flows; and the alignment of development finance and long-term climate change objectives.

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