The Team

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The Team


Kirsti Ashworth

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, Lancaster University

Kirsti is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow whose research focuses on the air that we breathe, and how the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly aromas from vegetation can affect it. She is particularly interested in the interactions and feedbacks between the biosphere, atmosphere and society. She brings a range of techniques and approaches to the wicked problem of air pollution, including computer modelling, atmospheric measurements and works with researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines. She is currently involved in two participatory research projects to monitor and raise awareness of air pollution at schools in London and Kigali, Rwanda.


Kirsti is an ex-officio member of the Royal Society’s Global Environmental Research Committee and is the Royal Society’s early career representative on the UK Future Earth Secretariat.


Ed Atkins

Lecturer, University of Bristol

Ed Atkins is a Lecturer at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. His research broadly explores how contemporary sustainable energy transitions can be made more inclusive and just. He is particularly interested in the ways in which climate policies and renewable energy transitions represent political processes that (re)produce the relationship between people, community and space.

He is currently working on a new book on social justice and renewable energies and a broader project exploring the role of power asymmetry and contestation in climate change resilience.


Giulia Champion

Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Dr Giulia Champion is an early career teaching and research fellow at the University of Warwick. Her doctoral research considered how the acceleration and exacerbation of climate change in the Americas can be traced through the history of colonialism and imperialism, by focusing on extraction as a way to connect slavery, plantation agriculture and neo-liberal practices of extractivism.

She is currently working on transdisciplinary climate change communication, material histories, blue and energy humanities, and on the co-production of knowledge. She is currently working on two journal special issues one, on “Activism and Academia in Latin America” with the Bulletin for Latin American Research and other one on “Animal Futurity” with Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism.


Caitlin Douglas

Research Associate, King’s College London

I am a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. I work at the nexus of geographical, ecological and social sciences in support of evidence based decision making. My recent work has focused on the application of technology and computer modelling to support decision-making related to natural flood management, landscape management, ecosystem service identification and quantification as well as climate change adaptation & mitigation.

Current interdisciplinary projects include: knowledge broking between stakeholders to understand how earth observation can be used to increase the climate resilience of the UK food supply chain, applying technology to support a green recovery, and working with stakeholders to increase knowledge about regenerative agriculture.


Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Angelina Sanderson Bellamy is Associate Dean of Environmental Sustainability at Cardiff University and Senior Research Fellow in the Sustainable Places Research Institute. She manages the strategic development of the Food, land and security research programme and her expertise encompasses food production systems, land use and land cover change, ecological resilience and ecosystem services. She uses a social-ecological framework and interdisciplinary methods to investigate the drivers, particularly governance and support structures, of environmental change and the impact of land management on the delivery of ecosystem services.

Before working at Cardiff University, Angelina worked as a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University’s Wood’s Institute for the Environment. Her research career has been based at interdisciplinary research institutes, where she enjoys collaborating with colleagues across disciplines to tackle today’s grand challenges. Angelina’s undergraduate degree is in Human Biology from Stanford and her PhD is in Ecology from Stockholm University. Her experience not only draws from working in US, Swedish and UK research environments, but also from working across Latin American and UK food landscapes. She has ongoing research projects in Wales (PI, mapping social networks of food system actors), the UK (PI, novel approaches to creating more resilient regional food systems), Mexico (PI, building resilient food cultures in Maya communities), Costa Rica, Brazil and Colombia (PI, social and environmental impact of food certification), Brazil (PI, Sustainable soils: climate change mitigation practices for family farms), and Zambia (co-I, Building climate resilience in livestock and crop management practices).


David Sergeant

Associate Professor, University of Plymouth

David Sergeant is Associate Professor in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at the University of Plymouth and AHRC ECR Leadership Fellow (2018-20). His current research is on fictions of the near future, and includes a focus on the intersection between politics, technology and the environment, the challenge of scale, and the uses of utopian thinking. David is currently interested in how the near future is being imagined and the role this might play in moving towards a better (utopian?) world.

David is also a fiction writer and poet, and his work was included in the Keep it in the Ground series on the climate change, commissioned by the Guardian and curated by the poet laureate.


Ben Smith

Lecturer, University of Plymouth

Dr Ben Smith is an author, lecturer and Programme Lead for English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth. His expertise lies in environmental literature with a particular focus on climate change, the Anthropocene and representations of future landscapes. His creative practice explores interdisciplinary connections between fiction, poetry and environmental science. His debut novel Doggerland (4th Estate, 2019) engages with current research in the fields of Cultural Geography, Climate Resilience, Marine Science and Renewable Energy, exploring them through the lens of speculative fiction.

He was one of the founding editors of The Clearing, a magazine that became a key publication in the discovery and promotion of emerging voices in environmental writing in the UK, and he recently guest edited the Climate Change special issue of The Literary Platform. He has over ten years’ experience organising and delivering workshops and public events, in conjunction with organisations such as Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Woodland Trust and the National Trust, and he has a track record of working with film-makers, artists and scientists to communicate issues around changing landscapes and climate.


Leo Steeds

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Warwick

My work concerns the challenges posed to economic theory by the contemporary ecological crisis. To date my research interests have developed along two related strands. On the one hand, my doctoral research undertook a genealogy of the concept of land within economic thought. On the other, I maintain a broad interest in contemporary sustainability science and debates in ecological economics. I am currently in the process of planning my next research project on the subject of rewilding.

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