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We have a whole community of people working on climate change at UCL to look at the challenge from every possible angle. Here is just a selection of our colleagues who are using their expertise, ideas and commitment to create change at local, national and global scale. You can contact them to find out more.

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UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE 

Helen Bennion
Prof Helen Bennion
Professor of Environmental Change
Dept of Geography
Climate focus: the impacts of climate change on fresh waters
More about Helen / Email Helen
Chris Brierley
Dr Chris Brierley
Associate Professor of Climate Science
Dept of Geography
Climate focus: modeling simulations of past climates and projections of the coming one 
More about Chris / Email Chris
Helen Czerski
Dr Helen Czerski
Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Climate focus: bubbles in the open ocean influencing air-sea gas transfer
More about Helen / Email Helen
Mat Disney
Prof Mat Disney
Professor of Remote Sensing
Dept of Geography
Climate focus: form and function of forests from tropical to urban
More about Mat / Email Mat
Julienne Stroeve
Prof Julienne Stroeve
Professor of Polar Observation & Modelling
Dept of Earth Sciences
Climate focus: Documenting the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice and implications within the Arctic and beyond
More about Julienne / Email Julienne
Prof Julian Thompson
Prof Julian Thompson
Professor of Physical Geography – Hydrology and Wetlands
Climate focus: modelling hydro-ecological impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems in particular wetlands 
More about Julian / Email Julian
 

THE ANTHROPOCENE

Andrew Barry
Prof Andrew Barry
Professor of Human Geography
Co-convenor of the UCL Anthropocene Initiative
Climate focus: the relation between scientific expertise and politics
More about Andrew / Email Andrew
Julia Stegemann
Prof Julia Stegemann
Professor of Environmental Engineering / Director of UCL CircEL (The Circular Economy Lab)
Climate focus: waste and the Circular Economy
More about Julia / Email Julia
Mark Maslin
Prof Mark Maslin
Professor of Earth System Science
Themes also covered: Modelling and Understanding Climate Change, Climate Resilience and Adaptation, Climate Justice and Governance
Climate focus: climate change in the past, the present and the future
More about Mark / Email Mark
Rodney Harrison
Prof Rodney Harrison
Professor of Heritage Studies/Co-Director of the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies
Theme also covered: Climate Resilience and Adaptation
Climate focus: cultural responses to the Anthropocene, extinction and climate crises/the role of heritage and museums in climate mitigation, adaptation and action
More about Rodney / Email Dorian
Richard Taylor
Prof Richard Taylor
Professor of Hydrogeology
Department of Geography
Themes also covered: Understanding Climate Change, Climate Justice and Governance
Climate focus: Climate-resilient pathways to water and food security in tropical Africa and Asia
More about Richard / Email Richard
Muki Haklay
Prof Muki Haklay
Professor of Geographical Information Science
Dept of Geography
Themes also covered: The Anthropocene, Climate Justice and Governance
Climate focus: Public production of environmental information, through citizen science, to address climate change
More about Muki / Email Muki

CLIMATE JUSTICE AND GOVERNANCE

Hannah Knox
Dr Hannah Knox
Associate Professor of Anthropology / Director, UCL Centre for Digital Anthropology 
Theme also covered: Climate Justice and Governance
Climate focus: climate change as an anthropological problem and implications of climate science for contemporary ways of governing and knowing society
More about Hannah / Email Hannah
Maria Lee
Prof Maria Lee
Professor of Law
Climate focus: the ways in which law governs decision making on climate change, including for example the consenting of renewable energy infrastructure 
More about Maria / Email Maria
Eloise Scotford
Prof Eloise Scotford
Professor of Environmental Law
Climate focus: climate legislation, climate adjudication, and institutions governing climate change
More about Eloise / Email Eloise
Nick Anim
Nick Anim
Development Planning Unit (DPU) PhD
Climate focus: the perennial challenges of inclusion and diversity in 'glocal' environmental movements
Email Nick
Jane Holder
Prof Jane Holder
Professor of Environmental Law
Climate justice with a focus on air pollution and loss of open green spaces and potential for using law in a creative way to achieve climate justice.
More about Jane / Email Jane
 
Ashish Ghadiali
Ashish Ghadiali
Activist-in-Residence, Sarah Parker Redmond Centre, Institute of Advanced Studies
Climate focus: climate justice, political strategy, civil society engagement
More about Ashish / Email Ashish

BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND TRANSPORT

Susan Michie
Prof Susan Michie
Professor of Health Psychology / Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change
Climate focus: population, organisational and individual level interventions 
More about Susan / Email Susan
Jacqueline Glass
Prof Jacqueline Glass
Professor of Construction Management
Climate focus: net zero construction products, processes, and projects
More about Jacqueline / Email Jacqueline
Tadj Oreszczyn
Prof Tadj Oreszczyn
Professor of Energy and Environment
UCL Energy Institute 
Climate focus: the performance gap between theory and practice in building energy efficiency. 
More on Tadj / Email Tadj
Alistair Greig
Prof Alistair Greig
Professor of Marine Engineering
Climate focus: making shipping more environmentally friendly via design, engineering, education and policy
More about Alistair / Email Alistair
Catalina Turcu
Dr Catalina Turcu
Associate Professor of Sustainable Development and Planning
Climate focus: social and institutional aspects of climate change in the built environment
More about Catalina / Email Catalina
Helena Titheridge
Prof Helena Titheridge
Professor of Mobility and Sustainable Transport 
Climate focus: approaches to increasing the use of low carbon transport options
More about Helena / Email Helena
 

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Paola Lettieri
Prof Paola Lettieri
Director UCL East  / Professor of Chemical Engineering / Head, Fluidization and Life Cycle Assessment Research Group, Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Climate focus: waste management, clean energy and life cycle analysis
More about Paola / Email Paola
Junwang Tang
Prof Junwang Tang
Professor of Materials Chemistry & Engineering
Climate focus: renewable H2 fuel production and CO2 conversion
More about Junwang / Email Junwang
Priti Parikh
Dr Priti Parikh 
Associate Professor / Head of UCL Engineering for International Development Centre
Climate focus: smart solar and clean cooking solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa
More about Priti / Email Priti
Dr Rokia Raslan
Dr Rokia Raslan
Bartlett Vice Dean Enterprise / Associate Professor, Building Performance Simulation
Climate focus: Supporting the retrofit drive to create energy efficient buildings fit for the future 
More about Rokia / Email Rokia
Paul Shearing
Prof Paul Shearing
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Royal Academy of Engineering / Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies
Climate focus: low carbon energy storage and conversion including fuel cells and batteries
More about Paul / Email Paul
Thorsten Stoesser
Prof Thorsten Stoesser
Professor of Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Leader of CEGE’s Fluid Mechanics Research Group
Climate focus: generation of renewable energy from wind and water
More about Thorsten / Email Thorsten
 

 

CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND ADAPTATION

Chris Rapley
Prof Chris Rapley
Professor of Climate Science
Climate focus: the role of climate scientists in societal decision making, public policy and public awareness      
More about Chris / Email Chris
Dan Osborn
Prof Dan Osborn
Professor of Human Ecology
Dept of Earth Sciences
Climate focus: Risk assessment and policy; adaptation; communities on the coast and elsewhere
More about Dan / Email Dan
Ian Kelman
Prof Ilan Kelman
Professor of Disasters and Health
Themes also covered: The Anthropocene, Sustainable Energy Solutions, Climate Justice and Governance
Climate focus: Climate change as one important influence among many on resilience and adaptation
More about Ilan / Email Ilan
May Cassar
Prof May Cassar
Professor of Sustainable Heritage
Themes also covered: Built environment and transport
Climate focus: Applying heritage science to climate change impacts on heritage and information policy
More about May / Email May
Michael Davies
Prof Michael Davies
Professor of Building Physics and Environment
Theme also covered: Climate Resilience and Adaptation
Climate focus: healthy and comfortable built environments in the context of a changing climate
More about Michael / Email Michael

CJ Lim
Prof CJ Lim
Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
Theme also covered: Built Environment and Transport
Climate focus: design research which addresses the threat and the shaping of resilient cities
More about  CJ / Email CJ
 

HUMAN HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Anthony Costello
Prof Anthony Costello
Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development
Climate Focus: led the 2009 and 2014 Lancet Climate Commissions on Climate Change and Health; co-chair of a countdown series of annual Lancet reports to monitor the evolving health profile of climate change
More on Anthony / Email Anthony
Hugh Montgomery
Prof Hugh Montgomery
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine
UCL Dept Medicine
Climate focus: climate change and human health; co-chairs Lancet Countdown
More about Hugh / Email Hugh
Sanjay Sisodiya
Prof Sanjay Sisodiya
Professor of Neurology
Dept of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
Climate focus: understanding, managing and raising awareness of climate change effects in epilepsy
More about Sanjay / Email Sanjay
Megan Vaughan
Prof Megan Vaughan
Professor of African History and Health
Theme also covered: Climate Resilience and Adaptation
Climate focus: the history of agrarian systems and nutrition in Africa in relation to health and sustainability 
More about Megan / Email Megan
Jenny Mindell
Prof Jenny Mindell
Professor of Public Health
Climate focus: low carbon transport policies reducing inequalities and having health-promoting co-benefits
More about Jenny / Email Jenny
Ian Hamilton
Dr Ian Hamilton
Reader in Energy Epidemiology
Climate focus: Evaluating climate mitigation in buildings and their impact on indoor environmental conditions associated effects on health
More about Ian / Email Ian

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

Paul Ekins
Prof Paul Ekins
Director / Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy 
UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
Climate focus: the economic implications of deep decarbonisation/net zero
More on Paul / Email Paul
Le-Yin Zhang
Prof Le-Yin Zhang
Professor of Urban Economic Development
Climate focus: the implications of climate change for urban economies
More about Le-Yin / Email Le-Yin
Neil Strachan
Prof Neil Strachan
Professor of Energy Economics and Modelling
Director UCL Energy Institute
Theme also covered: Sustainable Economics and Finance
Climate focus: energy-environment-economic modelling, transitions pathways, and interdisciplinary issues in energy economics and policy.
More about Neil / Email Neil
Michael Grubb
Prof Michael Grubb
Professor of Energy and Climate Change / Deputy Director
UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
Climate focus: economics and political economy of energy transition and climate change 
More about Michael / Email Michael
Dabo Guan
Prof Dabo Guan
Professor of Climate Change Economics
School of Construction and Project Management
Climate focus: climate change mitigation and adaptation economics and policies in developing countries 
More about Dabo / Email Dabo
Raimund Bleischwitz
Prof Raimund Bleischwitz
Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL Bartlett School of Environment Energy & Resources
Climate focus: the resource requirements for low carbon solutions, due diligence of raw material supply chains, the resource nexus and circular economy opportunities.
More about Raimund / Email Raimund

Partnerships

 

Katherine Welsh
Katherine Welch 
Head of Partnerships
Public Policy and Grand Challenges
Katherine helps build connections between research and policymakers to drive climate action. 
Email Katherine
Simon Knowles
Simon Knowles
Head of Coordination (SDGs)
Developing the UCL Sustainable Development Goal Initiative, which aims to maximise UCL’s impact on the SDGs, including SDG13: Climate Action.
Email Simon
Becca Burns
Dr Becca Burns
Strategic Research Facilitator UCL Environment Domain
Developing multidisciplinary collaborations and enhancing research support via the UCL Environment Domain
Email Becca
Ben Littlefield
Dr Ben Littlefield
Public Engagement Manager
Ben works on enabling and supporting engagement with research through experimentation, training, opportunities and networks.
Email Ben
Andrew Huddart
Andrew Huddart
Principal Partnerships Manager (New Technologies, Energy & Engineering)
UCL Innovation & Enterprise
Andrew helps develop innovation partnerships between UCL and companies or civic partners around technologies.
Email Andrew
It's All Academic
Sarah Cheers
Executive Head of Campaign and Supporter Engagement (Maternity Cover)
Sarah and colleagues within the Office for the Vice Provost (Advancement) develop alumni and supporter partnerships to fuel the ambitions and impact of UCL.
Email Sarah

Climate action on campus

 

Geraint Rees
Professor Geraint Rees
Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences
As Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group, I provide support, advice and enthusiasm from our senior management team.
More about Geraint / Email Geraint
Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson
Sustainability Director UCL
I lead Sustainable UCL to embed sustainability across the university’s activities.
Email Richard
Joanna Marshall-Cook
Joanna Marshall-Cook
Sustainability Manager
I’m taking forward UCL’s climate action programmes across energy, travel, resources and engagement.
Email Joanna
Kae Khoo
Kae Khoo
President of the UCL Climate Action Society / UNITE 2030 SDG Youth Delegate
I am passionate about championing sustainability and climate action through youth advocacy and initiatives.
Email Kae
Carol Paige
Carol Paige
Democracy, Operations & Community Officer, Students Union UCL
I ensure students are involved in shaping UCL and the Students’ Union sustainable future.
Email Carol
Eliza Lawless
Eliza Lawless
Sustainability Officer, Student’s Union UCL
As the Students' Union elected sustainability officer, I hold UCL to account on environmental issues.
Email Eliza
Udit Singhal
Udit Singhal
UN Young Leader for the SDG’s / Founder, Glass2Sand / First-year UCL student
My work specifically revolves around SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - addressing the menace of glass waste being dumped into landfills.
Email Udit
John Draper
John Draper
Head of Administration
Psychology and Languages Sciences (PALS)
We can all make a difference to negate the effects of climate change. I’m proud to be part of the PALS Green Team who have consistently shown a major commitment to sustainability.