Sophia is a leader in sustainable finance and delivering multi-stakeholder initiatives. She has been working with Nick Robins as a strategic adviser to the Grantham Research Institute’s financing the just transition programme since 2018. As part of this, she has provided advice, facilitated numerous events across the UK and contributed to a range of policy outputs. She combines both climate expertise with deep understanding of development and social justice priorities.
Sophia is an experienced non-executive director, and has served on asset management, business and charitable boards, as well as academic boards and advisory committees.
Sophia was a Founding Partner of Meteos Ltd, which ran the PharmaFutures, EnergyFutures and BankingFutures dialogues – multi-year, senior and research-based dialogues between fund managers, corporate executives, regulators and civil society, she was Chair and co-Executive Director of SustainAbility Ltd from 2004-2009 and prior to that worked for ten years at Oxfam.
Sophia has a BA from University of Birmingham and an MA from the University of Oxford.
- Sustainable finance
- Just transition
Policy - 2022
This report provides guidance to financial Institutions on how they can incorporate the social dimension of climate action – the just transition – into their net zero transition plans. Read more
Policy - 2021
This report sets out what the delivery of a just transition in the UK will require, highlights initial efforts by leading financial institutions towards achieving a just transition, and points to what is needed to achieve system-wide change. Read more
Policy - 2020
This brief sets out the net-zero transition requirements for SMEs in the UK and how issues of demand and supply of finance for the transition can be addressed. It provides recommendations to banks and finance providers, and to government. Read more
This policy brief looks at what a just transition to net zero in the UK’s housing sector means in practice and how banks can make it happen, underpinned by government policy and institutions. Read more
Banks need to show how they are aligning their balance sheets with the UK’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target, how they are enabling households and companies to become climate-resilient, and how the transition can be steered so that it is fair and inclusive. This report presents research findings and recommendations for how to achieve these aims. Read more
News - 2019
This commentary describes five priorities to turn the goal of a just transition into practical policy in the UK following the general election and as the country plans to leave the EU and prepares to host 2020’s UN climate conference. Read more