Dr. Jessica Omukuti

Research Fellow Institute of Science Innovation and Society (InSIS)

Jessica Omukuti is a Research Fellow on Inclusive Net Zero for the Oxford Net Zero Initiative and is based at the Institute of Science Innovation and Society (InSIS). Her research critically examines whether and how the net zero concept enables greater equity and justice in climate action by state and non-state actors in emerging economies and developing countries. She was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Expert Group (UNHLEG) on Credibility and Accountability of Net Zero by Non-State Actors.

Jessica is also a member of the Advisory board of Carbon Gap, a Brussels-based thinktank leading research on carbon removal policy in Europe.

Prior to joining the University of Oxford, she was a Research Associate at the University of York, working on climate financing of climate change adaptation in developing countries. She has also previously worked at the Green Climate Fund which is an international climate finance institution. She has also worked in NGOs such as Mercy Corps and CARE International in sub-Saharan Africa where she led development and resilience programs in the region.

She has a PhD in climate justice and climate finance from the University of Reading (2020), an MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi.