David Frame

School of Geography, Environmental and Earth Science

Teaching in 2020

as well as global climate change modelling and policy, simple climate modelling and climate policy, global public goods, and greenhouse gas metrics


  • PhD in Physics - University of Canterbury
  • MSc with Honours in Astronomy and Astrophysics - University of Canterbury
  • BSc in Philosophy and Physics - University of Canterbury


Dave Frame has a background in physics, policy, and philosophy. He has many years' research experience in climate research, publishing in the world’s leading scientific journals as well as the specialist climate literature. Dave also has real world policy experience in a core government policy agency, having worked in the New Zealand Treasury’s Policy Coordination and Development group. Prior to joining the NZ CCRI as Director and Professor of Climate Change, Dave was Senior Research fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, where he was also Hugh price Fellow in Geography at Jesus College. Before these roles Dave worked as James Martin Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute, and in the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics as coordinator of the highly successful climateprediction.net project.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Director, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, VUW
  • Visiting Scientist, NIWA
  • 2008-2011 Deputy Director, Management Committee member, Senior Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • 2008-2011 Hugh Price Fellow in Physics and Geography, Jesus College, Oxford
  • 2009 Science Advisor & NERC Policy Fellow, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Natural Environment Research Council
  • 2006-2008 James Martin Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford
  • 2002-2006 Project Coordinator, climateprediction.net, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
  • 1999-2002 Postdoctoral research scientist, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • 1997-1999 Policy Analyst, The Treasury, Wellington, New Zealand

National and international commitments

  • 2015–2016: Director, Deep South National Science Challenge (NZ$24M)
  • 2015-2019: Project Leader, Improving predictions and understanding Deep South drivers of New Zealand’s climate, Deep South National Science Challenge (NZ$1.4M)
  • 2009-2013: Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group I, The Physical Science Basis (Chapter 1)
  • 2013-2015 Advisory Board, Motu’s Shaping New Zealand’s Low Emissions Future project
  • 2011-2014 Executive Member, New Zealand Climate Change Centre
  • 2011-2014 Executive Member, Institute of Governance and Policy Studies Climate Change Roundtable group, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2011-2014: Trustee, Project Litefoot


Publications from 2005 - Now

Teaching in 2020