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Programme Director of the MSc Climate Change Finance and 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 worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2015 served as a co-reporter on the French Presidential Commission on Innovative Climate Finance "Mission Canfin-Grandjean". Ian has lectured in master's-level programmes at Sciences-Po Paris and Université Paris-Dauphine.

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Research Interests

Ian has worked in the area of climate and environmental policy for close to a decade, 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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