Science for Sustainability Hub

Full list

The HUB comprises more than 70 researchers who work on technological solutions for addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Together we provide world-leading expertise across a range of emerging technologies.


Name School Themes Description

Mohit Arora

School of Engineering

circular economy

urban sustainability

low carbon construction

engineering for development

Interested in the current state of resource efficiency in urban systems and industries, and develops technological and policy interventions for a low carbon future. Mohit has worked with several cities to improve their materials management towards a more circular economy. In low and middle income countries, he is focusing on engineering driven solutions to achieve low carbon development solutions for buildings and construction sector.
Benjamin Bach
School of Informatics

data visualization

data science

public engagement

Working on data visualization and making data accessible and understandable by experts and non-experts. Data visualization is essential in understanding complex processes and data sets. Especially, techniques from storytelling and visual communication have huge potential to communicate findings and information to large and diverse audiences. 
Liz Baggs
Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

climate smart technologies


environmental change

Development of mitigation strategies for greenhouse gas emissions from agri-environment systems. This includes international partnerships, and with non-academic stakeholders, to enhance a circular nutrient economy that lowers reliance on inorganic fertilisers in smallholder farming systems. 
Christopher Beckett
School of Engineering

sustainable construction

thermal performance

housing resilience

Engineering behaviour of earth building materials and structures, aiming to improve their durability and design.
Melissa Bedinger
School of Engineering

social sciences & policy

human factors


Interdisciplinary work in human factors, systems approaches, cascading climate impacts, and sustainable development and global health. Currently using sociotechnical systems approach in neighbourhoods or cities, to understand climate impact scenarios, model possible interventions, and inform resilience planning.
Nicholle Bell School of Chemistry

environmental adaptation

natural capital

technologies for environmental monitoring

Applying advanced analytical technologies  to understanding how peatlands, Earth's largest terrestrial carbon store, adapt to human activities and climate change. Many believe peatlands store carbon due to the antimicrobial properties of certain molecules, however until now our ability to 'see' inside peat has been hindered by the fact that peat is the most complex mixture on Earth.
Benjamin Bhawal School of Chemistry

organic chemistry


Aims to develop new catalytic processes to unlock innovative chemical transformations. This will facilitate more efficient and environmentally benign processes. In addition, we are interested in designing new catalytic reactions for the valorisation of sustainable biorenewable chemicals.
Frédéric Bosché School of Engineering

built environment

digital construction

project management

Interested in digital twinning and the built environment, as well as digital technology to support Net Carbon assessment in the built environment.

Euan Brechin School of Chemistry

quantum information

refrigeration technologies

Interested in the use of earth abundant molecule-based magnets for cryogenic refrigeration and information processing, replacing the critical resources currently employed, including Helium and the Lanthanides.
Jenny Britton
School of Business

climate change transformation

organisational behaviour

organisational change

Work on Executive Education, particularly with B-CCaS which provides a focal point for our efforts in supporting businesses adopt new practices.
Julio Bros-Williamson School of Engineering

digital twins & living labs

climate change resilience

healthy buildings

Interested in low embodied carbon materials and techniques in the built environment, energy-efficient technological solutions for the refurbishment of existing buildings, and climate change adaptation and resilience of buildings by developing solutions and low carbon building services.
Fiona Bunn
School of Biological Sciences


circular economy


Focus on bioleaching of critical metals from electronic wastes, contributing to the circular economy for a sustainable future. The rare earth metals that are at the top of the EU critical resources list, and viable solutions must be found for their effective recycling, especially from products such as electric car batteries, wind turbine magnets and mobile electronic devices.
Raffaella Calabrese
School of Business


credit risk

climate change

Focus on incorporating climate change in the risk assessment process of financial institutions. Working with several Fintech companies in designing new services for financially vulnerable individuals. Also supporting small businesses in improving their chance of accessing external finance.
Dominic Campopiano School of Chemistry


industrial biotechnology


Using biocatalysts (natural and engineered) to catalyse chemical reactions, as well as developing chemical tools to reduce waste and increase yields of enzyme-catalysed chemical reactions.
Thalia Chatzisymeon School of Engineering

environmental engineering

water and wastewater treatment

environmental sustainability

Development of sustainable technologies for water and wastewater treatment; life cycle assessment of environmental processes and technologies.
Zexun Chen
School of Business


social sciences & policy

environmental adaptation

Interested in data‑driven sustainable urban planning and transportation design, including AI methodologies to spread opportunities and develop sustainable public services to end geographical inequality through advanced data‑driven urban planning and transportation design equipped with ethical awareness. Also interested in methodology development of science for sustainability in finance.
James Cheney School of Informatics


data quality


Data curation, provenance and data quality, which are particularly relevant to scientific data management settings that are generically relevant to many of the SDGs. 
Charles Cockell School of Physics & Astronomy




Interested in sustainable biotechnology in space to support human space exploration.
Christine Cooper
School of Business

green washing

policy making

abuses of power

Interested in accounting technologies and how these strongly impact upon the majority of decisions made in organisations and government.
Michael Cowley School of Chemistry


discovering new chemistry for a sustainable society

Working on the chemistry of the most abundant metals in the Earth’s crust - aluminium and silicon - to provide synthetic methods to prepare bulk and fine chemicals with lower energy costs and without reliance on limited reserves of precious metals.
James Cumby School of Chemistry




Creating new materials for future energy technologies, with the aim of diversifying and improving energy storage systems. To do this I combine synthetic chemistry with artificial intelligence to discover materials faster and more efficiently.
Jamie Davies School of Biomedical Sciences

synthetic biology



Focussed on improved health and well-being, particularly through research and also dissemination to and partnership wit the global south in the area of pharmacology and diagnostics.  
Maria Grazia De Angelis
School of Engineering

environmental protection

biomedical applications

clean energy

sustainable materials

Membranes for greenhouse gas emission reduction, sustainable materials for packaging and other applications, and development of low water, accessible and inclusive  hemodialysis processes.
Simone Dimartino School of Engineering


adsorption technologies

additive manufacturing

Broadly interested in adsorption technologies for applications ranging from manufacture of new healthcare products and foodstuff to CO2 capture.s. 
Appolinaire Djikeng
Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health

tropical livestock

genetic improvement

smallholder farmers  

Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH).
Alan Duncan
Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

pastoral livelihoods

livestock systems

climate uncertainty

Leads the Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action for University of Edinburgh. The Observatory is focused use of early warning technologies to better prepare for drought in East Africa. It's goals are to enhance wellbeing and reduce hunger among East African pastoral communities.
Katherine Dunn School of Engineering



renewable energy

Research on electrosynbionics, which involves the development of devices that use biological or bio-inspired components to generate, use or store electricity. This includes biophotovoltaics and biobatteries.
Virginia Echevarri-Bravo School of Biological Sciences


synthetic biology


Development of biological methods for recycling and up-cycling metals contained in spent lithium ion batteries; metal bio-recycling methods can support the development of more sustainable/greener recycling methods for enabling a circular economy. Reduce reliance on the current sources of raw materials associated with human rights abuses and decrease mining activities that have a negative effect on  human and environmental health.
Victor Elvira School of Mathematics



signal processing

Interested in time-series, Bayesian modeling, and statistical methods for inference/prediction. Most of the tools I develop can be directly applied in problems relevant to sustainability.
Yuta Era
School of Biological Sciences




Aiming to convert waste metals to useful products such as catalysts, with a particular focus on catalysis promoted by biogenic metal nanoparticles.
Javier Escudero
School of Engineering


data science


Interested in helping clinicians address healthcare challenges, through development of algorithms to extract knowledge from physiological and biomedical time series. Particularly interested in conditions affecting the mind and brain and in digital technology that could be applicable across multiple countries and backgrounds.
Andrew Free School of Biological Sciences


anti-microbial resistance

biogeochemical cycling

Interested in the application of microbial communities to bioremediation, sustainable waste treatment and energy generation from waste. We also have interests in the evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance and approaches to tackling it.
Chris French School of Biological Sciences



pathway engineering

Research on biomass degradation for sustainable non food-based feedstocks, also metabolic pathway engineering for conversion of sugars to valuable products as alternative to chemical processes.
Daniel Friedrich School of Engineering

renewable energy

heating and cooling

data-driven engineering

Develop and apply mathematical methods to practical problems in energy system design and optimisation, in particulat for decarbonising thermal energy systems.
Raja Ganeshram School of GeoSciences environmental adaptation Most of current reaserach is on Arctic climate change through NERC's Changing Arctic Ocean  programme. specifically looking at biogeochemical and ecological impact of Arctic Climate change.
Jennifer Garden School of Chemistry

sustainable polymers



Focus on improving the sustainability of plastics across their lifecycle. We approach this by making materials from renewable resources (e.g. plants and CO2), improving the efficiency of production processes (by making new catalysts) and investigating opportunities to improve recycling technologies.
Agata Glusek-Kustusz School of Biological Sciences

molecular cell biology

wet lab based sustainability

Promotes sustainable solutions for working in research laboratories. This encompasses organisation of lab spaces, organisation of purchasing sustainable equipment and promoting sustainable behaviours. I am interested in new technologies that would aid sustainability in lab spaces and beyond.
Debora Gottardello
School of Business


technological advancements

diversity inclusion



Research related to the future of work and HR. How organizations and HR department can empower innovation with the right diversity & inclusion, new edge leadership and inspiring culture within workforces. Understand the way in which HR can support ecosystems that consist of more community-driven learning and enforcing social capital along with human capital.
Margaret Graham School of GeoSciences




Remediation methods to tackle environmental contamination in urban areas, such as the use of biochar/microorganisms to remove manganese from drinking water. 
Ross Grassie School of Informatics




Interested in the potential of quantum computing to address sustainability challenges.
Boris Grot

School of Informatics



big data processing

Focused on improving energy-efficiency of data-intensive computing. This includes designing energy-efficient microprocessors, servers and entire datacenters with a focus on energy efficiency.
Julian Hall
School of Mathematics

optimization software


energy system modelling

Leading the development of HiGHS, an open-source linear optimization software that will enable non-governmental organizations, early-stage companies, and government ministries in lower income countries to use meaningful models for sustainable energy system modelling.
Aliakbar Hassanpouryouzband School of GeoSciences

sustainable chemistry

renewable energy


Development of tools to enable hydrogen as a low-cabon energy pathway, and the use of sustainable chemistry technologies such as climate engineering, water desalination, gas storage, cold energy storage, etc.
Sian Henley  School of GeoSciences

ocean science

polar regions

ocean governance

Focussed on making ocean science more sustainable and employing science to make human use of our fragile oceans more sustainable. Also interested in ocean science and observations to underpin effective evidence-based decision-making for ocean governance, policy and management to protect and restore them.
Lea-Anne Henry School of GeoSciences

science and policy

renewable energy

environmental adaptation

Work centred on engaging with multiple stakeholders to develop the evidence base needed to implement and build better policies around oceans and marine ecosystems. I have strong links with the fisheries, tourism, oil and gas, and renewables sectors around the Atlantic. I engage with government agencies and international conventions with the aim of co-producing the evidence we need about the impacts of our activities and climate change to ensure marine policies are truly leading us on a path toward a more sustainable future.
Michael Herrmann School of Informatics electric mobility Novel mobility solutions that combine energy efficiency with convenience and communal acceptance. We are asking what level and type of individual traffic will be desirable and tolerable in future and what structural changes we need to support the best options. Solutions to these questions may benefit from work in my group on optimisation, machine learning, and multi-agent systems.
Claire Hobday School of Chemistry


decarbonising heating and cooling

Tackling issues of heating and cooling through understanding and developing solid-state refrigerant materials. We do this by analysing the structure of materials via diffraction and computational methods and understanding how the refrigerant properties are altered.
Louise Holyoake School of Biological Sciences

synthetic biology


Interested in Synthetic Biology and how it can be utilised to create sustainable solutions.
Louise Horsfall School of Biological Sciences

sustainable biotechnology

resource efficiency

synthetic biology

Translating academic research into novel industrially-usable platforms for the sustainable production of scientifically improved enzymes, bio-based chemicals and other bio-derived materials by exploiting new analytical and bio-based technologies. Our disruptive innovations will lead to the development of unique and sustainable new products, derived from wastes and by-products, and demonstration of their cost-efficient and energy-saving production using novel biomanufacturing technologies.
Alex Hutchison Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF, Edinburgh Futures Institute

data & AI for good

climate change

responsible innovation

The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF is a joint partnership between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh’s Data Driven Innovation Programme which seeks to enable improvement in outcomes for every child. We draw on the strengths of our partners and their network to bring insight and solve problems using data and responsible innovative data practices, with a focus on delivering against the Sustainable Development Goals. Our mission is to provide the platform that brings together the appropriate data and expertise to answer our challenge questions for children across a variety of themes and geographies.
Amanda Jarvis School of Chemistry

green chemistry


Development of greener and more efficient methods for chemical production, with a focus on using knowledge from both Chemistry and Biology to design better catalytic processes. 
Susan Jarvis 
Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

sustainable food systems


animal welfare science 

I work in the area of Sustainable Food Systems, and in particular the role of animal welfare science to ensure sustainable and socially acceptable food production systems. I lead the delivery of undergraduate programmes and courses in Global Agriculture and Food Security.  I also lead the DDI Agritech Talent programme at Easter Bush Campus which is aimed at upskilling learners in data science and technology relevant to sustainable food systems. 
Emily Johnston School of Biological Sciences


microbial cell factories

synthetic biology

Development of yeast cell factories for the production of plant triterpenoid compounds. These compounds have huge potential in many industries; for example as surfactants in cleaning products, as vaccine adjuvants and anti-inflammatories in therapeutics, and as gelling agents and foam stabilisers in food products. Some compounds provide novel functionalities (SDG 3 and 9), while others are bio-based alternatives to petrochemical-derived chemicals (SGD 12 and 13).
Ohad Kammar
School of Informatics


programming languages

Interested in higher-level abstractions for statistical modelling and their analysis engines. A key aim is to make the models higher-level so it is easier to understand what it is doing and its biases, and lowering the entry-bar into the modelling activity.
Meriem El Karoui
School of Biological Sciences


molecular microbiology

anti-microbial resistance

Works on understanding how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics and how to better find solutions to avoid resistance. We combine molecular microbiology, mathematical modelling and biophysics to address these questions

Joe Kennedy

Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

sustainable food systems


chronic disease

My research runs simulations to assess the health and environmental impact of shifting diets, particularly focused on red and processed meat consumption in the US. I'm interested in utilising novel machine learning methods in such simulations to boost their performance as well as integrate new datasets to assess a broader array of questions involving land use change and biodiversity impacts. Also involved in a project aiming to assess the impact on biodiversity from organic vs non-organic agriculture.   
Ruth King School of Mathematics




Expertise in statistical ecology, and in particular developing new statistical tools and associated model-fitting tools to analyse different types of ecological data. The aim is to improve our understanding of the given ecosystem which in turn may aid, for example, conservation management.
Caroline Kirk School of Chemistry

environmental remediation

green energy storage 

Materials chemistry solutions for environmental issues using low cost and sustainable methods. This includes innovative and novel approaches for remediation of potentially toxic elements, developing new materials for applications in green energy storage and production of sustainable and low carbon cements.
Marc Krautzberger
School of Business

renewable energy

technological solutions to manage the nexus between climate change and poverty

 social science and policy

Interested in how policymakers and firms manage competing demands (e.g. economic vs. environmental goals) in the process of developing and providing technological solutions in response to societal challenges.
Sam Lau School of Engineering

chemical separations


polymer science

Interested in recycling plastic waste into polymer membranes and microporous polymers for chemical separations. We also deploy Green Chemistry principles to make these materials by deploying green solvents and biorenewable materials.
Wei Li School of Engineering

environmental remediation

greenhouse gas removal

clean air

net zero

Development of low energy solutions for multiple greenhouse gases removal at the climatically relevant scale to enable a transition to a net greenhouse gas neutral future. 
Gary Loake School of Biological Sciences



Interested in cultured plant cells as sustainable biomanufacturing platforms for high value chemicals, and sustainable solutions for crop protection. 
Jason Love School of Chemistry




Expertise in chemistry of the recycling and extraction of metals from their ores and other sources, including electronic waste, with the aim to develop new, sustainable, and environmentally benign processes that promote the circular use of metals. 
Oisin Mac Aodha School of Informatics

AI for conservation

AI for education

Development of automated AI-based solutions for golobal scale biodiversity monitoring and computer-assisted tools for providing scalable and cost effective personalised education. 
Francisca Martinez Hergueta
School of Engineering




Life cycle assessment of sustainable composites. Development of recycling routes for thermoplastic materials and remoulding processes compatible with the structural requirements of the transport sector. Prediction of the mechanical response using finite element analysis and artificial intelligence/machine learning models. 
Michela Massimi

renewable energy

science policy

Focus on methodological/conceptual problems concerning the use of scientific models for projections (in high-energy physics, nuclear physics as well as in climate science), the cross-section between science policy and modelling, and epistemic injustices concerning science.
John McCloskey School of GeoSciences




We run the GCRF Tomorrow's Cities Hub which aims to reduce disaster risk for the 2 billion new urban residents of tomorrow's rapidly expanding cities. We use interdisciplinary methods to understand risk and tools for risk assessment that can democratise the concept of risk and allow poor communities to argue for safer and more human future urban expansion.
Alasdair McDonald
School of Engineering

renewable energy

wind energy

electrical technologies

Leads the University teaching and research in wind energy. In the UK, wind energy (including offshore) is set to be the biggest contributor to low carbon, low cost electricity generation in the coming decades.
Heather McQueen School of Biological Sciences   Expertise in biology teaching and interested in the inclusion of SDGs in our curricula.
Encarni Medina-Lopez School of Engineering

satellite data for coastal environmental applications

renewable energy


Expertise in water and energy and how these two interact in the natural environment. My research focuses on the development of tools to improve the monitoring of coasts and oceans using remote sensing and artificial intelligence. 
Afshin Mehrpouya
School of Business


responsible investments

business ethics

Primary focus on governance of sustainability and the role of calculative devices within. Recent work explores how use of AI and Big Data are transforming governments' approaches to citizens' behavioral governance. 
Dimitri Mignard School of Engineering

water-energy-food nexus



Technologies for irrigation, desalination and energy access, assisting with access to clean water, food production and reforestation, all using clean energy, and dedicated to serve poor communities in low income countries. 
Andrew Millar School of Biological Sciences

science policy


Interested in systems thinking, open research practices and science policy for partnerships, and potentially to biotechnology for a circular economy in industry, food and health. 
Dominic Moran
Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems 


agricultural and food systems economics

Interested in definitions and metrics of sustainability, economic appraisal of technological options using non-market valuation, and behavioral and political appraisal of technology adoption. 
Adrian Muwonge 
digital health and agrictech
Develop tools to support Agriculture and Public health in LMICs
Diego Oyarzún
School of Informatics


synthetic biology


data science

Computational modelling and data science for better biotech solutions to global sustainability challenges.
Bart Pander
School of Biological Sciences autotrophic biotechnology business Interested in non-photosynthetic autotrophic microbiology and biotechnology.
Paul Patras
School of Business


mobile networking

Interested in building neural models that aid the management of resources in mobile networks, with a view to reducing their carbon footprint.
Symon Podilchak 
School of Engineering




Working on a UoE spinout which deals with AI and RF solutions for recycling.
Alexandra Price
School of Engineering

renewable energy

regenerative economy

Work in renewable energy - designing tools to help researchers design control policies to make a step change in the viability of wave energy. Also interested in decarbonisation, including clean heat, co-housing, and regenerative economics. 
Subramanian Ramamoorthy School of Informatics


technology in education

healthcare technologies

Expertise in Robotics and AI, with broad interests in the applications of these technologies to helping address societal problems. I am particularly interested in the application of predictive modelling and design methods to advancing healthcare technologies, and technologies for energy and sustainable systems. Also, as an educator, I am keen to explore ways to improve the quality and access to education.
Win Rampen School of Engineering


decarbonising heating

Working on grid scale energy storage, and interested in decarbonising building heating with heat pumps, and technologies to help decarbonise agricultural/off road and construction machinery.
Pedro Rangel de Faria School of Biological Sciences

synthetic biology

plastic recycling


Developing a biosynthetic pathway that allows the bacterium Escherichia coli to use monomers derived from PET plastics as precursors to more useful compounds, with more value added, allowing for a more sustainable and circular economy.
Carys Redman-White
Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems 

one health


social sciences & policy

Modelling antimicrobial use and resistance at the livestock-human interface in LMICs, with the aim of contributing to policy guidance for increased food security and health of livestock-keepers in LMICs as well as long-term global sustainability of antimicrobial drugs.
Lynne Regan School of Biological Sciences



human health 

Expertise in biomaterials, such as hydrogels, made exclusively from recombinant proteins produced by bacteria. This method contrasts with those that use petrochemically derived components to synthesise such materials.  
Judy Robertson School of Education, School of Informatics data literacy Academic lead for Data Education in Schools. We're looking for researchers who work on sustainability themes using data who might want to explain their work to school children. Our seminar series for teachers is themed around the sustainability goals this year.
Neil Robertson School of Chemistry

drinking water



Expertise in materials chemistry for application in low-cost solar photovoltaics, and electrical energy storage via batteries and supercapacitors. We also work on photocatalytic water treatment for rural communities in India, which would also be applicable to similar communities around the world. This is focused on villages where untreated surface water is currently being consumed.
Björn Ross School of Informatics


social sciences


Interested in responsible use of the technologies and resilience to nefarious uses. Particular focus in people's interactions with one another over technology and people's interactions with technology, using computational methods. This includes, for example, the automatic flagging of abusive social media content and the reduction of bias in AI methods that evaluate user-generated content online.
Susan Rosser School of Biological Sciences

engineering biology



Expertise in engineering biology approaches to engineer cells to perform novel functions e.g. build pathways for the production of biosurfactants, develop enzymes for cold water cleaning and new ways for biology to build things in general. My research is also focused on developing cell and gene therapies that are cheaper, more effective and widely available.
Michael Rovatsos
Bayes Centre
AI and its application to sustainability
Focus on AI algorithms that can support the development of technologies supporting fairness, equality, and social justice. As part of my role at the intersection of research and innovation, I am also interested in many other areas of sustainability where AI and data science can be applied.
David Rush
School of Engineering

fire justice

informal settlements


Help understand and deliver fire safety in the poorest settlements in the global south. This ranges from the social and cultural drivers of fires and how they start, through to the large scale conflagrations that can occur. By understanding this broad spectrum of parameters that effect fire safety, appropriate evidence-based interventions can be proposed to create safe, more sustainable, and more resilient urban agglomerations.   
Joanna Sadler School of Biological Sciences


waste valorisation

plastic degradation

Development of novel biotechnologies to valorise post-consumer waste (in particular plastic waste) into high value products. This is ultimately aimed at enabling transition to a more sustainable, circular economy for the chemicals industry.
Rosa Santomartino School of Physics & Astronomy

space microbiology


space biomanufacturing

Building a sustainable future for space exploration, by developing microbial biotechnologies which will implement circular economy for life support systems.  
Giulio Santori
School of Engineering

negative emission technologies


Development of negative-emission engineering devices
christian schnier
SEBI Livestock

veterinary health

internet of things

SEBI livestock ( closely works with the Gates foundation to mobilise and improve data and evidence to help the livestock community make better investments that improve livelihoods for smallholders in low and middle-income countries.
Sohan Seth
School of Informatics

AI for social good

AI for health

AI for science

Interested in developing sustainable and explainable AI models from earth observation and household surveys to understand population, poverty, etc., and working with humanitarian organisations to make these tools accessible and operational. We also support data science activities throughout the University through consultancy, analysis and engagement.
Lila Skountridaki
School of Business

digitalisation of the workplace & decent work

digitalisation of the workplace & productivity

Focus on new forms of flexible work (remote work; hybrid work; the 4 day work week) assisted by the digitalisation of the workplace, and how these enhance or threaten the Quality of Working Lives (including work-life balance, staff productivity, staff well-being and employee voice). 
Matthew Staitis School of GeoSciences



climate science

Interested in the study of past climates (palaeoclimatology) to inform us of the consequences we face under different scenarios and highlights humanity's role as a geological force in shaping our climate future going forward.
Eva Steele School of Biological Sciences



circular economy

Interested in valorisation of lignin, a major component of lignocellulose which is one of the most abundant sustainable and renewable resources on the planet. This will contribute significantly to the economic viability of second generation biorefineries.
Adam Stokes School of Engineering




Interested in robotics for a safer and sustainable world.

Joyce Tait

life science innovation

policy and regulation

responsible innovation

Focus on genetic technology solutions to challenges relevant to Net Zero and biodiversity policy objectives, considering: development of business models and value chains for innovative technologies; regulatory systems, standards and guidelines and how they can support of constrain innovation. 
Job Thijssen School of Physics & Astronomy

battery materials

sustainable reformulation

JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion)

Interested in soft matter for sustainable energy materials, for example hybrid solid electrolytes for safer batteries, as well as the role of inclusion in current physics curricula.
John Thompson School of Engineering

energy efficient communications

renewable energy

sustainable infrastructure

Energy efficient solutions for wireless communications and internet of things systems. These technologies will help to underpin practical solutions in many application domains such as: low carbon energy generation; sustainable industry and infrastructure; smart cities.
Camilla Thomson School of Engineering

renewable energy

environmental impact

energy systems

Developing analytical tools for better evaluating the environmental impacts of energy systems and technologies. This aims to inform the rapid transition to low-carbon energy systems and support sustainable development. This is achieved by both evaluating emerging technologies, and exploring how they can be best combined and developed to produce energy systems that are secure, equitable, economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable.
John Vines School of Informatics



data-driven technology

Interested in issues of social responsibility around technology design and development, and co-creation of new systems with communities that are affected by and responsible for them. Conducted research around digital technologies and data-driven systems in relation to civic action, community development, and in general the role of technologies in supporting sustainable communities and address issues of social inequality.
Shuo Wang
School of Business

green financing


CSR disclosure

Impact of corporate ESG performance on the cost of capital;  he causes and consequences of the assurance quality of the corporate ESG disclosure; greenwashing and its capital market consequences.
Gary Watnough School of GeoSciences


poverty mapping

Interested in how satellite data can be leveraged for monitoring poverty and livelihoods. This is because we need more data on how SDGs are progressing but the traditional ways of doing this using household surveys are time consuming and expensive. 
Mark Wilkinson School of GeoSciences

renewable energy

sustainable industry

Researching the geological storage of hydrogen to match supply from renewable energy to demand, the same with underground storage of compressed air, to enable the transition to sustainable and  clean energy. we are also investigating Carbon Capture and Storage to decarbonise otherwise difficult  CO2 emissions including cement manufacturing and iron and steel production.
Maria Wolters
School of Informatics


human-computer interaction

Digital inclusion for health and social care. I am interested in resilient,  affordable, and easily maintainable solutions for service users and key providers. I work with LMIC partners (Uganda, Nepal, India) on mental, maternal, and population health. 
Christopher Wood School of Biological Sciences




Developing new methods for protein design. We collaborate broadly to apply our methods to address challenges in sustainability, both in agriculture and industry. We have a particular interest in developing protein-based sensors as well as novel enzymes that incorporate unnatural cofactors to expand their chemistry.