climaTRACES Lab is a new interdisciplinary research initiative at the University of Cambridge focusing on climate, nature, environment, and sustainability research.

Collaborating with a network of climate and nature experts globally, we conduct cutting edge research for wider societal benefit, and create and test innovative policy communications formats that translate the evidence and multidisciplinary research generated by the lab for policy and industry audiences.

Our focus is on data-driven research and policy engagement, covering the following four themes:

  • Communication & Communities
  • Economic Policy & Markets
  • Green & Sustainable Finance
  • Nature & Biodiversity

To find out more about our work and our team visit us at climaTRACES.org.



climaTRACES Co-Director

Ramit Debnath is Assistant Professor and Academic Director at the University of Cambridge; leading the Cambridge Collective Intelligence & Design Group. He is a fellow of Churchill College and Cambridge Zero and has visiting roles at Caltech and Indian Statistical Institute. Ramit sits on the steering committee of Cambridge’s Centre for Human-Inspired AI (CHIA) and is a core team member of the Centre for Climate Repair. Ramit is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Professional Member of ACM.

With a background in electrical engineering and computational social sciences, Ramit designs collective intelligence approaches to provide a data-driven, complex system-level understanding of barriers to climate action in the Anthropocene, their interactions, and how these translate to leverage points for policy and behavioural interventions at scale.

Ramit has held positions at Caltech, Cambridge Computer Laboratory, UN Environment Program, International Energy Agency, Stanford University and IIT Bombay.

Ramit received his MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar.

climaTRACES Co-Director

Kamiar Mohaddes is an Associate Professor in Economics & Policy at the University of Cambridge, and the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA programme. He is also a Fellow in Economics at King’s College, Cambridge, where he co-founded and directs the King’s Entrepreneurship Lab.

Kamiar is an expert in the macroeconomics of climate change and is among the top 1% of authors globally in IDEAS/RePEc (based on the last 10 years of publications). His articles have been published in a number of edited volumes as well as in leading journals, and have been covered in major international news outlets. His work has been cited extensively by policymakers, including by more than 25 members of the United States Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, and the White House.

Kamiar has worked extensively on issues related to climate change and sustainability with both the public (including the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IDB) and the private sector (BCG, BNP Paribas, KPMG and many others). He is a regular visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund and has previously served as a Departmental Special Advisor at the Bank of Canada.

Kamiar obtained his PhD in economics from Cambridge as a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.


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