As a climate researcher, Dr. Alice Bows-Larkin is connecting her academic research to policies in various areas to help deal with a changing planet.
Earning a degree in physics with astrophysics from the University of Leeds in 1996, she continued her education at the Imperial College of London being awarded a PhD in Atmospheric Physics four years later. Working in science communication for three years, she returned to academic pursuits in 2003 at the interdisciplinary Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and based within the School of Mechanical, Civil and Aerospace Engineering (MACE), University of Manchester. At the time her research focused on conflicts between climate change policies in the United Kingdom and aviation.
Her next project at Tyndall Manchester was as part of a team that developed an energy system scenario tool that was used to build their first low-carbon energy scenarios in 2005. Being appointed as a lecturer as part of the Sustainable Consumption Institute in 2008, she began directing projects on international shipping and food supply scenarios within a climate change context. She took on a Senior Lectureship at MACE three years later in order to be able to make more clear connections between her research and climate policies.
Bows-Larkin is now Director of Tyndall Manchester and heads up the food@manchester cross university research area. She is also the lead Manchester investigator on a large consortium project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom entitled ‘Shipping in Changing Climates,’ a project where she leads the collaboration between other UK universities.
She has also recently been awarded a large EPSRC consortium project on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus which looks at securing the delicate web between the water and energy needed to produce food. Her research interests are on international emission budgets for decarbonisation as well as energy systems and the transition to a low carbon economy.
Appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2014 she continues to link her work to policy development that includes the shaping of the UK’s Climate Change Act and speaking on her research around the world.
Written by Angela Goad