Dr Eric Knight

BA 2006, LLB (Hons) 2007

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, and his work has been recognised with the Alumni Award for Young Alumni Achievement in 2012.

As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Eric 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, he did not limit himself to academic challenges. At Oxford Eric 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, spoken at the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Ted X and last year wrote an essay for The Monthly magazine, in which he explored a new “Network Theory of Success”.

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 is a critique of lateral thinking and offers fresh perspectives on solving economic and social problems. The book was launched by Federal politician Malcolm Turnbull, has been reviewed and well received across the mainstream media.

“This is a remarkable book,” said his supervisor at Oxford, Professor Gordon Clark. “Its conception, execution and its attempt to simultaneously entertain, educate and challenge, suggests Eric has a huge future as a public intellectual.”

Profile by Michael Visontay, Editor, SAM