Dr. Murray C. Simpson – Principal Investigator (CARIBSAVE)


Murray Simpson

Dr. Simpson is a Senior Research Associate at the School of Geography, Oxford University Centre for the Environment. He is Chief Executive Officer of The CARIBSAVE Partnership (CARIBSAVE) and INTASAVE; Not-for-Profit companies based in the Caribbean, Africa and UK/Europe; with Headquarters in Barbados, South Africa and the UK. Dr Simpson is Chairman of the International Human Dimensions Programme of Global Environmental Change (IHDP) UK Chapter; an Associate of Climate Change Risk Management (CCRM); advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on climate change in the Caribbean; a member of the expert panel of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); a Terminal Evaluator for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) GEF; a member of the Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Dr. Simpson has extensive experience in sustainable development, climate change, the environment and livelihoods. He has worked at chief executive management level in industry and in the public sector at board level.  He continues to work with the public and the private sector and communities on a range of initiatives including multi-sectoral climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, sustainable development, business development, strategic environmental assessment, risk management, corporate responsibility, and strategies and analyses in developed, developing countries, and in small island states; bridging the gap between research, policy and implementation. He works on the sustainable futures of socio-economics, livelihoods, biodiversity, water, energy, tourism, agriculture, infrastructure, gender issues and health, and loss and damage. His work also includes regular liaison with Heads of State, Ministers and senior government officials in numerous nations and the negotiation of substantial contracts with development banks, international development agencies and donor organizations around the world.

He has over 20 years experience leading and working on projects in over 50 countries with international organizations including the United Nations (UNEP, UNDP, UNWTO, WMO, UNFCCC), development banks, international development agencies, and regional organisations such as the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), CARICOM, Caribbean Tourism Organization, British Academy and the European Commission. Murray has worked on sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia, Central America, Australasia, Europe, USA, South America and over 25 countries in the Caribbean Basin.