Elizabeth Vander Meer

Research & Policy Manager (Climate Resilience and Biodiversity)


Liz is currently on secondment.

Elizabeth has a PhD in Environmental Policy and Ethics from Lancaster University, specialising in biodiversity conservation, and she is currently keenly interested in anthrozoology. Elizabeth has been working for the University of Edinburgh in policy and research management roles since 2007, in diverse areas such as e-science and carbon capture and storage. Prior to joining the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability in 2015, she worked for the University’s Vice Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy, undertaking projects in space and research management.

In her current role, Elizabeth has coordinated development of University climate change mitigation strategy and has led on adaptation and biodiversity strategies, implementation plans and carbon reporting. She also works closely with academics and students on living lab projects in climate change and biodiversity subject areas. Elizabeth monitors policy shifts and participates in local partnerships through Edinburgh Adapts and the Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL) Partnership, engages with Scottish Government through the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) Steering Group and UK Government through the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG).

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Liz is currently on secondment. Please contact Georgia Law or Kim Vender instead.