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James Mitchell

Sr. Associate


James is a Senior Associate with Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room’s Shipping Efficiency operation, where he leads engagement with maritime financial institutions on stranded assets and financial decision-making as well as works to identify financing for the industry’s efficiency solutions.


James joined Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room from his role as a Researcher at the Stranded Assets Programme, University of Oxford, where he led and contributed to work on investment risks in coal-based industries. His work on financial risk has been featured in publications globally and is incorporated in the investment strategies of major banks and investment firms. He has also worked with Oxford Microfinance Initiative, where he led the implementation of GIS-based systems to improve the social performance of MFI loans in Tanzania and Zambia.


  • MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford
  • BA in Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude) and BM Cello Performance, University of Missouri – Kansas City and Conservatory, respectively. 
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