UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


ISR in conversation with Emily Cox on public perceptions of carbon removal

19 April 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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Learn more about the Carbon Removal challenge – what it is, why it’s needed, where we’re at, and most importantly, how to do it right.

Event Information

Open to







BSEER Communications – The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment


Room 225 (Seminar / Event), Common Room (Reception)
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
United Kingdom

Join us for the third UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) 'ISR in Conversation with...' seminar in which Emily Cox will discuss the carbon removal challenge.

Summary: Meeting ‘Net Zero’ will not be possible without removing some CO2 from the atmosphere. In this presentation, I introduce the Carbon Removal challenge – what it is, why it’s needed, where we’re at, and most importantly, how to do it right. I set out the case for why we should innovate responsibly: to be inclusive in who we speak to, reflexive in our own activities as scientists and developers, and responsive to the concerns we identify. One important aspect of responsible innovation is public engagement, particularly when trying to scale up new technologies. This seminar will draw on six years of research to talk about public attitudes toward Carbon Removal, including its implications for other sectors such as CCS, land use, and the subsurface.

About the 'ISR in Conversation with...' Series: This public event series will feature insightful and honest conversation on key environmental and societal topics between UCL ISR experts and guests from academia, policy, industry and civil society, and is chaired by Dr Matthew Winning (comedian, environmental economist, and author of ‘Hot Mess’). Our intention for the “In Conversation Seminar” is to create a space for diverse perspectives to share their expertise and experiences of building the sustainable future now to help inform others on their own sustainable transformation journey. The format of the public event series includes a short twenty-minute presentation from the guest speaker, a five-minute response from an ISR researcher, and then twenty-five minutes Q&A, with refreshments and networking afterwards. The UCL ISR delivers world-leading research, teaching and enterprise in the sustainable use of global resources. Our research themes range from financing the low carbon transition, to sustainability at the water-food-land nexus, to electricity market reform. While our teaching has a strong track record for equipping our graduates with the tools and knowledge to become sustainability leaders in their chosen careers.

About the Speaker

Emily Cox

at Oxford University

Emily Cox is a Research Associate working on energy systems and carbon removal, with a particular interest in public attitudes, risk and resilience. She works at Oxford University as part of the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub, researching public perceptions of Carbon Removal. She also works as a social psychologist at Cardiff University in the ‘Understanding Risk Group’.

More about Emily Cox