Science for Sustainability Hub

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Improving the quality of work and inclusive growth

Name Areas of research Description
Eve Andrews

renewable energy

circular economy

offshore wind

Circular economy in offshore wind. Tools for renewable energy companies to select affordable steps towards a circular low carbon energy generation network.
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


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.
Daniel Fosas de Pando

net zero buildings


indoor air quality

Expertise in sustainable buildings that enhance the indoor environment. This involves appraising impacts on occupants and the energy and environmental footprint of buildings. Given the  lifespan of buildings, the scope includes research on both climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Debora Gottardello


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.
Ross Grassie




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,


animal welfare science 

Interested in Sustainable Food Systems, and in particular the role of animal welfare science to ensure sustainable and socially acceptable food production systems. Leads the delivery of UG programmes and courses in Global Agriculture and Food Security, as well as the DDI Agritech Talent programme aimed at upskilling learners in data science and technology relevant to sustainable food systems.  
Dominic Moran


agricultural and food systems


Interested in definitions and metrics of sustainability, economic appraisal of technological options using non-market valuation, and behavioral and political appraisal of technology adoption. 
Androniki Papathanasi

renewable energy

net zero buildings

eradication of fuel poverty 

Interested in domestic energy consumption patterns and socio-technical sustainable low-carbon energy solutions to carbons Scotland's building sector and eradicate fuel poverty by 2045.
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


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). 
Sean Smith

net zero

future infrastructure

construction technology

Delivery of net zero pathways, backcasting for green economy skills and construction innovation for future infrastructure
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



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.