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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Stephen Peake is Professor of Climate Change and Energy at the Open University, a Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School and Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge.


Stephen has worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the International Energy Agency and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Originally a physicist, he is an enthusiastic teacher, researcher, consultant and facilitator with over 30 years’ professional experience in the fields of climate and sustainability. His 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Show on climate science received several three star reviews. In 2021 he published a new popular science book 10 Short Lessons in Renewable Energy, Michael O’Mara Books, London.  

Stephen is an expert advisor for the Advertising Standards Authority and has worked on many cases involving carbon offsets, renewable energy, waste, energy efficiency, air quality and fuel additives.

He has consulted, facilitated or led workshops, coaching and leadership for many private, public and third sector organisations including: African Development Bank, Apple TV, Arup, Asian Development Bank, Ball Packaging Corporation, Bank of Communications (China), BBC, Chanel SA, CNN, Earthwatch, Firmenich, HSBC Global Leaders Kering (formerly PPR Group), Liontrust Asset Management, Lloyds Bank, Reuters, SABIC, Sainsbury’s Foundation, Saint Gobain Group, Santander, Tata Consulting, Tata Group, World Bank Group, WSP Engineering.

Stephen works on a range of topics including: Renewable Energy; Climate Science Communication; Sustainability Leadership; Systems Practice; Policy Science: Theory and Practice; Business Ethics and Sustainability; International Climate Finance

His professional accreditations include Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Dr Stephen  Peake
Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership