Global Change
Data Lab

Global Change Data Lab is a nonprofit organization and a registered charity in the education sector (Company Number 11725483 and Charity Number 1186433, Charity Commission for England and Wales).

Our purpose is to advance education in how global living conditions and the earth’s environment are changing, through the production and maintenance of public online resources. Our flagship project, the web publication ​ Our World in Data​ (ourworldindata.org), is focused on increasing the use of data and evidence to make progress against the world’s largest problems.

Our Work

We believe that a key reason why societies fail to achieve progress is that we do not make enough use of existing research and data: important knowledge is often stored in inaccessible databases, locked away behind paywalls and buried under jargon in academic papers.

Our work is therefore focused on producing free and open educational resources that help make the knowledge on the big problems accessible and understandable.

Visit our flagship project Our World in Data

Board of Trustees

Professor Wendy Carlin

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University College London, UK.
Wendy Carlin is one of the directors at Global Change Data Lab, and she is a founding member of our Board of Trustees. She is Professor of Economics at University College London, Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is also leading the CORE Project, an international educational project to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum. The CORE Project produces open-access e-books used in universities around the world. She is also a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility.

Sir David Hendry

Professor of Economics, and former Head of Department of Economics, University of Oxford, UK.
David Hendry is one of the directors at Global Change Data Lab, and he is a founding member of our Board of Trustees. He is also co-director of Climate Econometrics at Nuffield College. He was previously Professor of Economics at Oxford University where he was Chairman of the Economics Department from 2001—2007. He was knighted in 2009, and he is an Honorary Vice-President and past President of the Royal Economic Society.

Professor Stefano Caria

Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
Stefano Caria is one of the directors at Global Change Data Lab, and he is a founding member of our Board of Trustees. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick specializing in development economics. He is also affiliated with J-PAL, CEPR, CAGE and the EEE program at STICERD.

Executive Directors

Dr. Max Roser

Executive Co-Director, Global Change Data Lab
Programme Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development, University of Oxford

Max Roser leads the project Our World in Data. He founded this project in 2011 and for several years was the sole author.  His research focuses on poverty, global health, humanity’s impact on the environment, technology and the history of living conditions. He is Executive Co-Director of Global Change Data Lab as well as Programme Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Esteban Ortiz-Ospina

Executive Co-Director, Global Change Data Lab
Oxford Martin Associate, Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development, University of Oxford

Esteban Ortiz-Ospina is a Senior Researcher and Content Lead at Our World In Data, as well as Head of Operations and Executive Co-Director of Global Change Data Lab. His academic work focuses on economic development, the public sector, education, and a wide range of related topics.

Supporters

Global Change Data Lab is supported by donations from several thousand readers of the web publication Our World in Data, as well as grants from the Quadrature Climate Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In the past we have also received support from the World Health Organization, the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom, and many other generous individuals and organizations that have made contributions to our work.

You find our accounts and a full description of how we are funded in our Annual Report; and you can read the list of donors and supporters on Our World in Data’s Funding Page.

Donations from readers and users of our products are essential to our work, providing us with the stability and independence we need. If you want to support our work, you can donate directly using any of the available options here (or you can send us an email to donate@ourworldindata.org).

Oxford Partnership

Our project Our World in Data is the result of a collaboration between researchers of the ​Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development​ at the University of Oxford, who are scientific contributors of website content; and our team at Global Change Data Lab, who curate, prepare, publish and maintain the website ourworldindata.org and all the underlying resources and data tools.

Our approach is to combine academic expertise with state-of-the-art software development, to communicate the research and data we need to tackle the world’s largest problems.

Read more about the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development