• 10 September 2018

ECI to seek new Director after Professor Jim Hall steps down


Professor Jim Hall by John Cairns
Photo: Professor Jim Hall by John Cairns

After more than seven years as Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Professor Jim Hall has stepped down from his leadership position this September. He will continue to work for the ECI as Professor of Climate and Environmental Risk where he leads the major research consortium ITRC-Mistral, among other growing research endeavors.


The University will shortly embark on a search to appoint a new Director to lead the ECI into its next phase. In the interim period, the ECI's Deputy Director, Dr Friederike Otto has stepped up to act as Director. Since its founding in 1991, the ECI has developed into a successful and influential academic Institute within the University of Oxford, with a remarkable ethos for purposeful environmental research and action. The new Director will be required to shape the Institute moving forward and lead the delivery of ECI’s innovative research and teaching portfolio.

The next year promises to be an exciting year in the ECI’s history with the flagship MSc programme in Environmental Change and Management celebrating its 25th year. After 10 years leading the ECI programme, Dr Thomas Thornton has returned to University of Alaska Southeast this summer to take up the position of Dean of Arts and Sciences. We welcome Dr Mark Hirons to lead the inspiring programme for the next 12 months where he will help construct and communicate the ECI’s vision for an interdisciplinary systems response to the complex challenges of global environmental change.

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