Eric Knight (BA ’06 LLB ’07 )

Young Alumni Achievement

Eric Knight

Eric Knight has made a significant and energetic contribution to both academic and public life, with an influential body of work in media and publishing in the five years since he graduated with a BA and LLB in 2007. This began during his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, where he earned his PhD with a thesis on The Finance of Climate, in which he investigated the best means of using financial markets to stimulate investment in climate change technologies.

However, Eric did not limit himself to academic challenges. At Oxford he swam in a relay across the English Channel with three other Australian students to raise money for children’s medical research in Australia.

In 2008 Eric was invited by the Prime Minister to attend a panel on this field at the Australia 2020 Summit. Since returning to Australia has engaged in public debate on a wide range of subjects, speaking at the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas and Ted X.

Since 2011 Eric has been working with the Boston Consulting Group, consulting on economics to business and government. He also found time to write a book, published earlier this year, called Reframe, which offers fresh perspectives on solving economic and social problems. The book has been reviewed and well received across the mainstream media. Read a review of this book from this edition of SAM.