UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Ellie Cosgrave named in top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability

23 June 2020

Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Lecturer in Urban Innovation in UCL STEaPP, has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability by the Women’s Engineering Society. 

Ellie Cosgrave

The WE50 2020 celebrates women who have made a significant contribution to the field of sustainability and aims to raise the profile of women in engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector. Winning nominees were required to provide evidence of their successful support of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals or the Net Zero Carbon Programme.

Dr Cosgrave’s research explores transformative approaches to policy making and governance of cities and is driven by three intersecting themes: the impact of rapid urbanisation, technological innovation, and human wellbeing and social justice. Dr Cosgrave is also an outspoken advocate and campaigner for increasing the quality of women's health services and is a BBC broadcaster, presenting the Tomorrow's World Podcast and the BBC World Service series "My Perfect City".

Dr Ellie Cosgrave said:

It’s wonderful to be recognised as part of this award and I hope it will elevate the work of women who are making the case for gender inclusion in climate action and engineering. We must ensure that climate action works for everyone.

Unveiled today as part of celebrations for International Women’s Day (INWED), the WE50 are led by the Women’s Engineering Society and seek to recognise the wealth of female talent within engineering and related disciplines. Winners were selected by a panel of industry experts.

Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Engineering Society explained why WES had chosen the theme of sustainability for 2020: “The 2019 Climate Emergency Declarations followed unprecedented weather conditions across the planet. Engineers were instrumental in repairing the Toddbrook Dam after it collapsed in August last year, and it will be engineers who will provide many of the solutions needed to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We felt that it was the right time to showcase the amazing women who are already working on these issues.”

The 2020 winners are published on the INWED website and celebrated during WES’ own virtual INWED event on 23 June and across social media and press throughout the world. A full list of the WE50 winners is available at www.inwed.org.uk/we50/2020winners.