UCL's COP26 Team
Climate Change and Health
"We work through the Lancet Countdown for Climate and Health Action to bring the health impacts to the world’s attention. With the new WHO UNICEF Children in All Policies programme, we work with adolescents and young people to collect information to build local climate resilience."
Carbon and Natural Capital Markets, Community-led Climate Adaptation, Bioenergy and Plastics
"Using a new data analytics tool to provide high resolution, consistent, scalable, accurate measurements of soil carbon and natural capital remotely and unlocking global investment in nature based climate solutions."
"The most important thing you can do to help save our planet is talk about the climate crisis. By talking, we find like-minded people, and together we will find the solutions."
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value
"Government must seize the moment to create a new economy - one that is focused on the green new deal strategy of lowering carbon emissions, while also investing in workers and making sure they can adapt to new technologies"
Infrastructure for Resource Challenged Settings
"Clean technologies by itself will not solve the climate crisis. Just pathways for clean energy transitions in marginalised communities requires building financial resilience, gender inclusive solutions and improved understanding of socio-cultural factors."
UCL experts part of country delegations
Shin-Ichi Ohnuma (Japan)
Global public engagement, negotiation and governance
"Global vision and global negotiations are important for the achievement of a sustainable society. The education of the next generation is key for success."
Tristan Smith (Tonga)
Decarbonisation of shipping
"Shipping accounts for 2-3% of our CO2 emissions, and is due to grow. We work on estimating the role of efficiency, wind, hydrogen as solutions. As well as the industry and policy changes needed to drive their uptake."
Jhenelle Williams (Jamaica)
"Climate change has initiated urgency in developing countries like Jamaica. As an early career scientist at the ICENS, I utilize nuclear techniques to investigate the impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem."
Simon Lewis (Gabon)
Global carbon cycle; tropical forests; deforestation; climate change; nature-based solutions; restoration.
"Led the mapping and discovery of the world’s largest tropical peatland in 2017, in the centre of the Congo Basin, which stores 30 billion tonnes of carbon (equivalent to 3 yrs of fossil fuel emissions; Dargie et al. 2017, Nature). Led long-term monitoring from tropical forests, showing they are a globally significant long-term carbon sink; then in 2020 showed that this sink capacity is saturating (Hubau et al. 2020 Nature)."
City Climate Action and Public Participation
"I work with local government decision-makers, grassroots communities and place-based organisations to reimagine city-level climate policy design processes that can collectively negotiate and develop just and transformative climate solutions."
Climate Change Policy Processes, Human Security & African Politics
"My research looks at concepts of climate justice. How the climate change negotiations work, the agency vulnerable populations have within these policy processes, and how this translates to actual action at the national and local levels, in particular, on the African continent. I have also worked for or on UN projects for 15 years."
Resilient systems enthusiast. Advocate for Infrastructure as societal catalyst toward Net Zero.
"Both societally beneficial outcomes (e.g. economic prosperity) and sustainability challenges such as the Climate Emergent(cy), are emergent properties enabled by national Infrastructure. Systemic Transformation of National Infrastructure is urgently needed."
Loss and Damage negotiation
"My research explores the role of evidence in the climate negotiations. Through my research, I gain insights in how evidence underpin the negotiation outcome. I focus specifically on Loss and Damage policy in the UNFCCC."
Indigenous Peoples’ Environmental Restoration and Reforestation
"Indigenous Peoples and local communities support and restore 80% of remaining biodiversity. Their lifeways do not harm our biosphere yet their voices and knowledge are absent from this vital debate."
Climate Change Governance
"My research supports policy-makers at the UN and national level to think about how best to respond to the negative impacts of climate change, also known as climate change loss and damage."
More about Lisa
Water and Climate Adaptation
"My research shows groundwater to be naturally resilient to climate change in the tropics and informs adaptive solutions in low-income countries to food and water security, and climate justice."
Arctic Climate Change
"The Arctic is warming at three times the global average, and its ice is melting. I use state-of-the-art satellite data to inform politicians and the public about the emerging Arctic crisis."
"My research tackles the challenges that climate change raises for law. Law and legal institutions are important for accountability and certainty in a society, especially when faced with an unstable force like climate change."