UEA has an enviable reputation for the range, scope, high quality and longevity of its climate research.

ClimateUEA marks a new chapter in the university’s remarkable climate history, and as momentum builds towards the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26 in Glasgow, the theme is playing a crucial role in developing and sharing new climate-related research in support of the negotiations.

Media Enquiries

The following team of experts attending COP26 are available for media work. In addition we have a large pool of world class researchers working on climate-related themes open to opportunities. Please connect with colleagues directly, or get in touch with Cat Bartman, News and Media Manager.

For all other COP26 enquiries, please contact Dr Natalie Porter, ClimateUEA Executive Officer at climate@uea.ac.uk.

 

UEA Academics attending COP26

UEA COP26 Showcase Events

Facing Future: Transforming Our Lives in the Face of Crisis

 

Professor Rupert Read, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Glasgow Scotland, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), PC2 - Durdle Door in the East Lomond Suite

Sunday 31 October 2021
15:15

 

The session will argue that Transformative and Deep Adaptation is what we need. Any incremental/defensive adaptation should only occur within that overarching frame of seeking to transform our systems, on the basis of an ethics of unity, of us all ultimately being in this together, and to prepare for the worst.

https://www.facingfuture.earth/transforming-our-lives-in-the-face-of-crisis

Cold Regions Warming- The Transitions Art-Science Exhibition (joint event with UNESCO)

 

Prof Trevor Davis, Emeritus Professor, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences.

Exhibition in front of the Science Pavilion (adjacent to the Cryosphere Pavilion and the Water Pavilion), Blue Zone.

Monday 1 November

The Transitions Art-Science Climate Change Project originated in Norwich with Professor Trevor Davies and artist Gennadiy Ivanov. It is now part of the Global Water Futures research programme which is directed by Professor John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan. The Transitions exhibition Cold Regions Warming was shown throughout the first “Leaders Day” on November 1 in the high-level Blue Zone at COP26. It had a prominent position in front of the Science Pavilion (organised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organisation, and the UK Met Office). It was immediately adjacent to the Cryosphere Pavilion and the Water Pavilion. In the evening, a presentation was featured at the party opening of the Cryosphere Pavilion, introduced by the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO.

Scaling-up justice and social equity in the design of fire-free peat land governance

 

Dr Rachel Carmenta

Organizer and Speaker: Session in UN Peat Pavilion

Wednesday 3 November
13:00-14:30

 

Hybrid event
Physical: Blue Zone, Hall 4, SEC
Virtual: bit.ly/2ZvblB9

Short-lived or unnoticed effects of the haze crisis in Indonesia? Assessing mental health effects and people’s perception of the causes of the 2019 haze crisis.
 

Facing Future: Youth Activists

 

Professor Rupert Read, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Scottish Event Campus (SEC), PC2 - Durdle Door in the East Lomond Suite, Glasgow

Wednesday 3 November
17:00

Join Rupert Read as he engages three youth activists Luisa Neubauer, Meera Dasgupta and Ecem Albayrak on their goals and activities.

Global Carbon Budget Launch and Update

 

Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science

 

COP26 Blue Zone - UN/IPCC Science Pavilion

Glasgow Science Centre

Thursday 4 November
09.15-10.30

 

COP26 Green Zone - COP26 Universities Network Stand

Glasgow Science Centre

Thursday 4 November
14.00-16.00

 

As energy transformation accelerates, it is critical to keep track of how they lead to changes in country and global CO2 emissions and their partitioning in the environment. Professor Corinne Le Quéré, one of the senior members of the Budget team and Dr Matthew Jones, Research Fellow (School of Environmental Sciences and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) will be at the stand in person to provide updates of the Global Carbon Budget.

Launch of the UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub

 

Prof Charlie Wilson

Speaker: Session in UNFCCC Pavillion, Blue Zone

Thursday 4 November
16:00-17:00

Accelerating uptake of the next generation of climate solutions and a 21st century innovation ecosystem: Opportunities in the 4th industrial revolution

Find out more about the 21st century climate innovation assessment.

From empirical research to policy opportunity: peat fire management with social equity at the centre

 

Dr Rachel Carmenta

Peat Pavilion

Presenter in IPS session: Peatland Partnerships in Climate Change Mitigation and Nature Recovery

Friday 5 November
11:30-13:00

Humming for Change

 

Federica Di Palma

Embassy Colombia Pavilion

Friday 5 November

The British Embassy in Colombia and Prof Di Palma have collaborated on an activity which showcase Raising Awareness through their GROW Living Maps programme.

Living Maps of Colombia gives a voice to school children to talk about their perception and connection with nature and their concerns about their surrounding environment.

Measuring what matters: capturing human well-being impacts of integrated landscape approaches

 

Dr Rachel Carmenta, Presenter

Global Landscapes Forum

Saturday 6 November
16.00-17.30

 

Dr Rachel Carmenta is an environmental social scientist specialising in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of environment and development, environmental risk and the relationship between place and well-being. A central strand of Rachel's work focuses on the tropical wildfire complex - a leading environmental challenge at the interface of social and natural systems.

Sustainable, just and climate-resilient futures through Indigenous perspectives and practices (INDIS)

 

Professor Heike Schroeder, Professor of Environmental Governance, Professor Emma Gilberthorpe, Dr Iokine Rodríguez and Dr Neil Dawson.

 

COP26 Green Zone - COP26 Universities Network Stand

Glasgow Science Centre

Monday 8 November
13:00 - 14:30

 

Indigenous knowledge has the potential to inspire innovations to contribute towards national and international targets for climate mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. However, this knowledge if often invisible or ignored in national and international policy making. Furthermore, Indigenous Peoples themselves often have little opportunities to articulate and share this knowledge in a way that can impact policy making circles and strengthen their own visions of a sustainable future. Through the INDIS project, Indigenous organizations from 3 countries (Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and Bolivia) have been reflecting since 2018 on their own way of life and their turbulent experiences with environmental, economic and social policies, to present their own visions for just and environmentally sensitive futures.

Climate Colonialism and Climate Justice: the Case of Western Sahara

 

Dr Nick Brooks

Glasgow Film Theatre

Monday 8 November
11:45-13:15

This session will explore how climate action is used by Morocco to entrench its illegal occupation and bolster its green credentials, and how the Sahrawi people are systematically excluded from international climate finance and governance mechanisms, increasing their vulnerability and inhibiting their ability to adapt. It will examine the Sahrawi vision for climate action, and the centrality of self-determination for tackling climate injustice.

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Planet as Shelter: Planet as environmental regeneration for environmental regeneration

 

Federica Di Palma

Wednesday 10 November

Prof Di Palma has been invited by CEO of EIT Climate-KIC and EIT Climate-KIC Foundation to participate in a panel session for the UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub. Federica has been asked to participate in the panel session entitled “Planet as Shelter: Planet as environmental regeneration for environmental regeneration”, and speak on the topic of biodiversity.

Transformative Adaptation: What happens if COP fails?

 

Professor Rupert Read, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Renfield Centre in Bath Street, Glasgow

Thursday 11 November
13:00

What will it mean if COP fails, and how should we respond? Could this be an opportunity to facilitate a huge awakening of climate-consciousness and a shift toward transformative adaptation? And if so, what would this look like?
 

Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations (EDITS)

 

Prof Charlie Wilson

Speaker/Panelist: Session in Japan Pavilion, Blue Zone

Thursday 11 November
13:00-14:30

As research commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the EDITS (Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations) project, which analyses technological and social innovations in the energy demand sector and conducts model intercomparisons, is being implemented by RITE, IIASA and other international partners. At this event, the importance of technological and social innovations in the energy demand sector, and the potential achievements of a low energy demand society that can be induced by the innovation in the significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable development in the world will be discussed. This seminar will also introduce you to the research scope and provisional analyses/evaluations of the EDITS project.

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An Indigenous Dialogue about Knowledge and Resilience for the 21st Century

 

Professor Heike Schroeder, Professor of Environmental Governance, Professor Emma Gilberthorpe, Dr Iokine Rodríguez and Dr Neil Dawson.

IASS Pavilion

Thursday 11 November
14:30-16:00

Indigenous knowledge has the potential to inspire innovations to contribute towards national and international targets for climate mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. However, this knowledge if often invisible or ignored in national and international policy making. Furthermore, Indigenous
Peoples themselves often have little opportunities to articulate and share this knowledge in a way that can impact policy making circles and strengthen their own visions of a sustainable future. Through the INDIS project, Indigenous organizations from 3 countries (Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and Bolivia) have been reflecting since 2018 on their own way of life and their turbulent experiences with environmental, economic and social policies, to present their own visions for just and environmentally sensitive futures.

Indigenous Stories of Sustainable Development

 

Professor Heike Schroeder, Professor of Environmental Governance, Professor Emma Gilberthorpe, Dr Iokine Rodríguez and Dr Neil Dawson.

Indigenous Peoples Pavilion

Friday 12 November
10:00-11:00

Indigenous knowledge has the potential to inspire innovations to contribute towards national and international targets for climate mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. However, this knowledge if often invisible or ignored in national and international policy making. Furthermore, Indigenous Peoples themselves often have little opportunities to articulate and share this knowledge in a way that can impact policy making circles and strengthen their own visions of a sustainable future. Through the INDIS project, Indigenous organizations from 3 countries (Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and Bolivia) have been reflecting since 2018 on their own way of life and their turbulent experiences with environmental, economic and social policies, to present their own visions for just and environmentally sensitive futures.

Hot topics in the tropics

 

Federica Di Palma

GROW Colombia panel at Eden digital event

Friday 12 November

Prof Di Palma will lead a panel discussion which will include Colin Martin-Reynolds, British Ambassador to Colombia and Ana María Hernández, Chair of IPBES, to speak about the ambitions for COP26.

Part of the Festival of Discovery

UEA researchers working within COP26 presidency themes

Dr Patrycja Klusak, Lecturer in Banking & Finance, Norwich Business School
Affiliated Researcher at Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge
Email:  P.Klusak@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: @PatrycjaKlusak

 

Prof Corrado Di Maria, Professor of Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, School of Economics
Email: C.Di-Maria@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: Research interests span environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, the economics of growth and development as well as technological change. The key feature of his work is an emphasis on both theoretical and empirical aspects, as well as its policy relevance.

Prof Jean McNeil, Professor of Creative Writing, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
Email: J.McNeil@uea.ac.uk
​​​​​Twitter: @jeanmcneilwrite

  • Research/expertise: Much of Prof McNeil’s work - fiction, non-fiction, poetry - is about the environment and climate change, with a particular interest in the polar regions. Together with Prof Steve Waters and Dr John Gordon, also from UEA, Prof McNeil has been leading a new programme on communicating climate change to young people in the run-up to COP26, working with concepts and practices Prof Waters developed in his recent BBC series The Song of the Reed and Murmurations.

 

Jason Chilvers, Professor of Environment and Society and Chair of the Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group (3S) in the School of Environmental Sciences.
​​Email: Jason.Chilvers@uea.ac.uk

Prof Nitya Rao, Professor of Gender & Development, School of International Development
Email: N.Rao@uea.ac.uk

 

Aayushi Awarthy, PhD researcher, School of Economics
Email: A.Awasthy@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: electrification in India. During her PhD she’s also completed a fellowship with the International Energy Agency looking at gender issues around energy use and energy use by women. Aayushi previously worked closely with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and was part of the energy modelling group that informed the country’s climate pledge following the Paris Agreement of 2015.

    Aayushi is  the host of a new UEA podcast series addressing key issues around the climate crisis in the run up to COP26. In the series she speaks to some of the leading voices in the climate debate to discover what obstacles remain in our way and discuss how the different elements of the climate crisis – from activism to technology, through finance and politics – can contribute to a solution. Listen to: Why haven't we solved it yet? podcast (uea.ac.uk)

Prof Konstantinos Chalvatzis, Professor of Sustainable Energy Business, Norwich Business School, Academic Chair of ClimateUEA, Research Group Member, Innovation, Technology and Operations Management 

Email: K.Chalvatzis@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: @KJChalvatzis

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Dr Gareth Edwards, Associate Professor in Geography & Development , School of International Development
Leverhulme International Fellow & Visiting Fellow, Sydney Environment Institute
Email: Gareth.Edwards@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: Issues around climate justice and the just transition; coal and climate change. In 2021-2022 he is working on a Leverhulme International Fellowship project entitled ‘Just coal? Examining how climate justice is mobilised in support of coal’. The fellowship examines the case for ‘just coal’ and the implications it has for climate justice theory, climate policy and the justice of the energy transition.

 

Aayushi Awarthy, PhD researcher, School of Economics
Email: A.Awasthy@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: electrification in India. During her PhD she’s also completed a fellowship with the International Energy Agency looking at gender issues around energy use and energy use by women. Aayushi previously worked closely with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and was part of the energy modelling group that informed the country’s climate pledge following the Paris Agreement of 2015.

    Aayushi is  the host of a new UEA podcast series addressing key issues around the climate crisis in the run up to COP26. In the series she speaks to some of the leading voices in the climate debate to discover what obstacles remain in our way and discuss how the different elements of the climate crisis – from activism to technology, through finance and politics – can contribute to a solution. Listen to: Why haven't we solved it yet? podcast (uea.ac.uk)

 

Pierre Bocquillon, Doctor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies and Tyndall Centre for Climate Research
Email: P.Bocquillon@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: Issues around the external dimension of EU’s energy and climate policies, the politics of renewable energy promotion and the democratic governance of energy and climate change.

 

Tom Hargreaves, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
Email: Tom.Hargreaves@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: How different types of sustainability innovation – from ‘smart’ home technologies to grassroots social innovations like community energy initiatives – operate in everyday settings and situations, and how attempts to govern everyday life impact on patterns of societal engagement.

Prof Rachel Warren, Professor of Global Change and Environmental Biology, School of Environmental Sciences and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Email: r.warren@uea.ac.uk
Skype: rachelwarren77

  • Research/expertise: impacts of climate change on biodiversity; IPCC author; policy relevant science related to climate change and sustainability; Integrated assessment modelling of climate change, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainability in the context of the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels; climate change impacts on ecosystems and species.

 

Dr Silvia Ferrini, Senior Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences
Email: S.Ferrini@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: environmental and resource economics. Dr Ferrini is a member of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at UEA, working on the GROW Colombia project, which aims to preserve, restore and manage Colombian biodiversity through responsible innovation. The work will be featured at COP26 by its UK partner The Eden Project in the Eden Pavilion. On November 1 the pavilion will be specifically highlighting the work being carried out in Colombia.

 

Prof Corrado Di Maria, Professor of Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, School of Economics
Email: C.Di-Maria@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, the economics of growth and development as well as technological change. Prof Di Maria is a member of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at UEA, working on the GROW Colombia project, which aims to preserve, restore and manage Colombian biodiversity through responsible innovation. The work will be featured at COP26 by its UK partner The Eden Project in the Eden Pavilion. On November 1 the pavilion will be specifically highlighting the work being carried out in Colombia.

Dr Christa Brunnschweiler, Associate Professor in Economics, School of Economics
Email: C.Brunnschweiler@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: @CBrunnschweiler

  • Research/expertise: natural resource (revenue) management, including behavioural change for better management, recently also looking at coastal ecosystem (mangroves, saltmarshes) restoration for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

 

Dr Johanna Forster, Lecturer in Environment & International Development School of International Development
Email: j.forster@uea.ac.uk

Dr Nem Vaughan, Associate Professor in Climate Change, School of Environmental Sciences and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Email: N.Vaughan@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: @nemvaughan

 

Dr Phillip Williamson, Honorary Reader, School of Environmental Sciences
Email: P.Williamson@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: climate geoengineering role of the ocean in the climate system; and 'blue carbon' offsetting.

 

Elise Droste, PhD researcher, School of Environmental Sciences
Email: E.Droste@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: @Elise_Droste13

  • Research/expertise: carbon uptake by sea ice-covered regions in the Arctic and Southern Oceans; the mediating impact of sea ice on biogeochemical processes that drive the exchange of carbon dioxide between the surface water and the atmosphere, and the carbon sequestration in the deep ocean. Last year Elise took part in the groundbreaking MOSAiC Arctic expedition, spending three months onboard the research icebreaker RV Polarstern. Read more in UEA Research

    She wrote about her experience on board here: Science on ice (uea.ac.uk)

 

Tom Hargreaves, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
Email: Tom.Hargreaves@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: How different types of sustainability innovation – from ‘smart’ home technologies to grassroots social innovations like community energy initiatives – operate in everyday settings and situations, and how attempts to govern everyday life impact on patterns of societal engagement.

Prof Andy Jordan, Professor of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences

Email: A.Jordan@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: how COPs/the UNFCCC play into EU and UK policy/politics, including Brexit. Prof Jordan is involved in a new project, running from 2021-26, examining the interaction between politicians and publics in moving towards net zero - Home (deepdcarb.org)

 

Dr Mike Brock, Associate Professor in Microeconomics, School of Economics
Email: Michael.Brock@uea.ac.uk

  • Research/expertise: environmental & behavioural economics, recycling and environmental valuation.