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Sir Crispin Tickell

Sir Crispin Tickell

Former Director, Policy Foresight Programme, University of Oxford


  • Distinguished Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Former Director, Policy Foresight Programme, University of Oxford
  • Advisor at Large, President, Arizona State University
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at ASU


Sir Crispin Tickell is a member of the Advisory Council for Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He is the former director of the Policy Foresight Programme for the University of Oxford and former chancellor of the University of Kent. He is associated with several British and U.S. universities. His main interests are the fields of environment and international affairs.

Most of his career was in the Diplomatic Service. He was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the European Commission (1977-80), Ambassador to Mexico (1981-83), Permanent Secretary of the Overseas Development Administration (now DFID) (1984-87), and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1987-90). He then became warden of Green College, Oxford (1990-97), and director of the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding (1992-2006). He was president of the Royal Geographical Society (1990-93); chairman of the board of the Climate Institute of Washington D.C. (1990-2002); president of the Marine Biological Association (1990-2001); chairman of the International Institute for Environment and Development (1990-94); chairman of the Government’s Advisory Committee on the Darwin Initiative (1992-99); president of the National Society for Clean Air (1997-99); convenor of the Government Panel on Sustainable Development (1994-2000); a trustee of the Natural History Museum (1992-2001); inaugural senior visiting fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (2002–2004); and advisor-at-large to the president of Arizona State University (2004 -present).

He is author of Climate Change and World Affairs (1977 and 1986) and Mary Anning of Lyme Regis (1996). He has contributed to many books on environmental issues including human population problems and conservation of biodiversity. He was a member of two Government Task Forces; one on Urban Regeneration, the other on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects. He has received many honors and distinctions. His interests go wide and range from business and charities to climate, pre-Colombian art, and the early history of the Earth.


  • Hinchcliffe & Honorary Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford
  • King's Scholar, Westminster School



Tickell, C. 1996. Mary Anning of Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. ISBN: 978-0952766209.


Tickell, C. 1986. Climate Change and World Affairs. University Press of America. ISBN: 978-0819151056.


Tickell, S. 1977. Climate Change and World Affairs. Harvard University Press.

Book Chapters


Tickell, C. 2011. The view from here. In: Duff, A. ed., Making the Difference: Essays in Honour of Shirley Williams. Biteback Publishing.


Tickell, C. 2008. International action to buffer against the rapid onset of climate change. Pp. 211-216 In: MacCracken, M. C., F. Moore and J. C. Topping Jr eds., Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change: Exploring the Real Risks and How We Can Avoid Tehm. Earthscan from Routledge. ISBN: 978-1844074778.


Kinzig, A. P., W. C. Clark, O. Edonhofer, G. Gallopin, W. Lucht, R. B. Mitchell, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Sreekresh, S. Tickell and O. R. Young. 2004. Science, society, and sustainability. Pp. 409-434 In: Schellnhuber, H. J., P. Crutzen, M. Claussen and H. Held eds., Earth System Analysis for Sustainability. MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262195133.

Tickell, C. 2004. Gaia and the human species. Pp. Chapter 19 In: Schneider, S. H., J. R. Miller, E. Crist and P. J. Boston eds., Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century. The MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0262194983.


Tickell, C. 2003. The scandal of unsustainability. Pp. 10-19 In: Tobias, M., T. Timmers and G. Wright eds., A Parliment of Science: Science for the 21st Century. University of New York Press. Albany, New York. ISBN: 978-0791458143.


Tickell, C. 2002. The changing countryside: The effects of climate change on the landscape. Pp. 49-58 In: Jenkins, J. ed., Remaking the Landscape: The Changing Face of Britain. Profile Books Ltd. London. ISBN: 978-1861973757.


Tickell, C. 1996. The role of the United Nations. Pp. 152-167 In: Fara, P., P. Gathercole and R. Laskey eds., The Changing World. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521283281.