UCL Research Domains


Meet EDEN people

The dedicated team in charge of the Environment Domain Early-Careers Network (EDEN) is here to serve early and mid-career researchers who have an interest in Environment studies across UCL.


Dr Yasemin Aktas, EDEN co-Chair, Lecturer, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Find out more about Yasemin's career and research interests on IRIS

edward christie

Edward Christie, EDEN co-Chair, PhD Researcher, History of Art and Geography

Edward's doctoral project centres on the following question: 'What would it mean to interrogate post-war modern art history through the prism of a contemporary environmentalist perspective?'. His answers to this provocation centre on the conviction that art history essentially involves the critical analysis and transformation of the conditions of subjectivity as expressly manifested in artworks, and that an environmentalist approach to the discipline could therefore point towards fundamental and holistic means of responding to the climate crisis.

As co-Chair of EDEN, Edward is particularly interested in promoting perspectives on ecology from the environmental humanities to foster interdisciplinary discourse.

Find out more about Edward's research interests on his UCL Anthropocene page.

Vivien Kizilcec, EDEN co-Chair

Vivien Kizilcec, EDEN co-Chair, Doctoral candidate, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Vivien is a doctoral researcher in the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Department at UCL working in collaboration with BBOXX, a provider of solar home systems. Her work focuses on examining the peer effects and energy demand patterns of smart solar home systems in East Africa. 


Dr Carla Washbourne, EDEN co-Chair, Associate Professor in Environmental Science and Policy, UCL STEaPP

Carla completed and MSc in Engineering Geology and PhD in Geosciences (Newcastle University), investigating the potential for engineering soils to act as carbon sinks, promoting carbon capture and storage. This work, and involvement as a researcher on two EPSRC Impact Award grants designed to engage stakeholder groups, developed her interest in environmental policy and its application to the earth sciences.

She has worked in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology as a Physical Sciences, IT and Communications Adviser and undertaken policy internships within the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) (January - March 2013) and environmental regeneration charity Groundwork North East (July - August 2010) where she investigated the potential for temporary use of vacant urban land, engaging with stakeholders in industry, local government and the third sector. 

Carla is driven by a desire to encourage engagement between researchers and a range of interest groups, and is very interested in public perceptions of science.

Find out more about Carla's career and research interests on IRIS


Pu Yang (Eleanor), EDEN co-Chair, PhD Researcher, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

Pu Yang is a doctoral researcher of climate change economics focus on the cost-benefit analysis of climate change. Her PhD focuses on the application of social carbon cost and equitable effort sharing of countries, mostly using the stylized integrated assessment model (DICE/RICE).

Find out more about Eleanor's research interests on her ResearchGate profile.