Developed by leading academics at the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and the Future of Cooling Programme, this sustainable cooling online course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to implement sustainable cooling solutions and drive the transition towards a more positive future for people and the planet.

Our innovative programme is a direct response to the growing worldwide demand for new sustainable cooling solutions and the need to upskill the workforce to fill knowledge gaps with coherent and sustainable approaches. With the information and tools you gain on this course, you’ll be empowered to influence change and implement effective solutions to the mounting extreme heat pressures facing people, cities and societies.



Eight weeks (3-5 hours of study per week recommended)


February, May, August, October 2024

Next start date:

4 May 2024 (deadline 1pm (GMT) on 3 May)


£1,500 (including VAT)*

*Discounts are available to alumni, those working in the public sector and certain geographical regions. Register your interest to learn more.


Online short course


Certificate of completion



Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme. However, a certain level of commitment is expected – we recommend dedicating 3-5 hours a week to your studies. All learning and assessment will take place online, so you will need a stable internet connection and suitable equipment to participate.

About this course

Sustainable Cooling: Building Resilience to Extreme Heat is aimed at a variety of professionals and fields, from policy makers, architects and city planners through to journalists, NGOs, international organisations and consultancy firms. Finding solutions to the devasting effects of the climate crisis requires a diverse network of professionals committed to building a more sustainable future, and this course is directly applicable and beneficial to workers across numerous industries and sectors.  

Learning from leading University of Oxford academics, you’ll explore the science behind rising temperatures, discover the links between heat, health and productivity, examine cooling technologies and infrastructure design, and consider options for delivering cooling effectively and the social and economic implications of extreme heat.  To finish, you will combine ideas and knowledge gained in the course to develop a Heat Resilience Plan suited to your own situation, organisation or location.

Our ambition is for you to leave our course with a stronger understanding of sustainable cooling technologies and an everyday toolkit for adapting to the effects of extreme heat based on the latest evidence and solutions. With practical knowledge gained from our holistic curriculum, you’ll be ready to influence policies, plans and strategies to bring about real-world change.


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Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a certificate that will enhance your resume and support your career progression.

Learning outcomes

By the end of our Sustainable Cooling online programme, you will be able to:

  • interpret the macro trends, tensions and trade-offs involved in building resilience to extreme heat;
  • confidently communicate the urgency for implementing sustainable cooling solutions at individual, urban and societal levels;
  • distinguish between the socio-technical levers for change, including technology, infrastructure design, governance, business models and social interactions; and
  • develop a heat resilience plan to transition to sustainable cooling, combining evidence learned throughout the course with specific local requirements and knowledge.




You will study one module a week. Your assessments and tasks during each will vary, but they will all give you the opportunity to test your knowledge and ensure you’re on track with the learning targets. You’ll also be able to join online discussions with peers and a course Facilitator.

The modules on this sustainable cooling programme are all interconnected, with each module assessing the importance and relevance of the topic from a different perspective and building to a comprehensive understanding. You’ll begin by learning vital contextual information about sustainable cooling and extreme heat before examining the cultural attitudes towards cooling; exploring innovative technologies; studying the socioeconomic and health implications of reducing extreme heat; and identifying the role of planning and policy in influencing strategies to drive change.

In the final module, you’ll bring together all you have learned to formulate a Heat Resilience Plan, which will outline how you aim to avoid, remedy and/or reduce the negative impacts of severe heat – whether that’s in your organisation, city or wider region.

Learning experience

This programme, including all activities and assessments, will be delivered flexibly and entirely online.

You will benefit from a programme Facilitator who will provide guidance throughout your studies – from beginning to end. An expert in the field, your Facilitator will join weekly discussions on specific topics relating to sustainable finance and provide feedback and guidance on assessments and activities throughout.

For this programme, we would recommend participants study on average 3-5 hours per week, although this may vary by individual and topic.


Fees and funding

The total cost of this short course is £1,500 (inclusive of VAT), with discounts available to Oxford University alumni and those working in a public sector role (evidence is required).

It is possible to pay your fees in two instalments, laying down a deposit (and reserving a space) before settling the final balance and securing your place on the course ahead of its start.

For more information about our deposit scheme or discounts you may be entitled to, please feel free to email us.

Academic expertise

Dr Radhika Khosla, Associate Professor

Lead academic and Module 1 lead

Radhika is an Associate Professor at Oxford Smith School and the programme leader for our Sustainable Cooling: Building Resilience to Extreme Heat course. Radhika is also the Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development and her work examines the productive tensions between urban transitions, energy services consumption and climate change, with a focus on cities in developing countries. She is also the Co-Investigator of Oxford Net Zero, an interdisciplinary research programme aimed at informing effective, equitable, and ambitious climate action, and Co-Investigator of the ZERO Institute, which brings together Oxford research on zero-carbon energy systems.

Radhika’s research priorities are underlined by two sets of interrelated questions. The first is: how does consumption of energy-related services change as cities urbanise, and what are the socio-technical systems and institutional structures that shape (and can reconfigure) energy and carbon emission pathways? The second is: what forms of governance and political rationalities characterise the varied urban responses to climate change in rapidly developing cities, given their (often competing) objectives to provide urban services?

Radhika’s broader interdisciplinary research examines how cities in transition manage the tensions of meeting growing energy needs for development while protecting the local and global environment.



Dr Nicole Miranda,

Senior Researcher, Module 2 and 6 lead

Nicole’s research is focused on sustainable cooling technology, notably clean transitions of fluorinated gases, future global cooling demand, and using passive technologies, either exclusively or combined with active cooling.



Dr Jesus Lizana,

Marie Curie Fellow, Module 3 and 6 lead

Jesus’ research focuses on the cross-disciplinary challenges to support the transition towards low carbon climate-responsive buildings.


Dr Antonella Mazzone,

Leverhulme Fellow, Module 4 lead

As a member of the Oxford Future of Cooling Programme, Antonella investigates the interplays between culture, identity and social relations in cooling practices.


Dr Patrick Fahr,

Quantitative Researcher, Module 5 lead

Patrick is a health economist and works as a quantitative researcher. His current research focuses on the impact of suboptimal temperature exposure on health and the associated economic impact on the healthcare system.



Dr Giovani Palafox-Alcantar,

Research Associate in Sustainable Cooling Production Network. Module 7 lead

Giovani’s research focuses on Global Production Networks for cooling systems, particularly on analysing the end-of-life stage in order to situate these systems within a Circular Economy.



Dr Anant Jani,

Oxford Martin Fellow, Module 8 lead

Anant currently works on understanding how we can improve population health by addressing social determinants of health.


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