Science for Sustainability Hub

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Improving the quality of work and inclusive growth

Name Areas of research Description
Benjamin Bach

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. 
Zexun Chen

AI

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.
Christine Cooper

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.
Debora Gottardello

AI

technological advancements

diversity inclusion

power

HR

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.
Ross Grassie

quantum

AI

sustainability

Interested in the potential of quantum computing to address sustainability challenges.
Sian Henley

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.
Susan Jarvis 

sustainable Food systems,

agritech

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.  In regard to teaching 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.  
Dominic Moran

environmental

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. 
Alexandra Price

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. 
Carys Redman-White

one health

modelling

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.
Lila Skountridaki

the digitalisation of the workplace & decent work

the 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). 
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. 
John Vines

design

co-creation

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.