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ECCI's leadership community continues to grow

Throughout 2022 and 2023, ECCI has been expanding its integration with leading climate change academics across the University of Edinburgh and beyond by establishing a growing community of ECCI Associates and Honorary Fellows.

This ever-expanding expert group is made up of leaders in climate change research, policy and practice in Scotland, the UK and globally - with expertise ranging from airborne research and innovation and cultural geography, to sustainable forests and landscapes and the causes and consequences of extreme climate events.

Experts joining the community this summer have included:

  • Dr Hannah Ritchie: Deputy Editor and Lead Researcher at Our World in Data and senior researcher at the University of Oxford's Programme of Global Development. With an MSc and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Hannah's research appears regularly in the New York TimesEconomistFinancial Times, BBC, WIREDNew Scientist, the Washington Post and Vox.
  • Dr Alfred Gathorne-Hardy: Dr Gathorne-Hardy is based in both the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security (GAAFS) where he is Programme Director of the Global Agriculture and Food Security degree, and the School of Geosciences, where he mainly teaches on the Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree. His research interests span the social and environmental interactions within food systems, with a focus on local scale interactions and trade-offs.
  • Toni Freitas: Toni is a Lecturer in Circular Economy at the University of Edinburgh and the Programme Director for the newly launched, multidisciplinary MSc Circular Economy. She is passionate about building positive relationships across the globe to find innovative solutions for climate change and highlighting gender inequality in the climate crisis.
  • Prof Andrew Curtis: Professor of Mathematical Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh, Prof Curtis develops novel ways to interrogate and image the Earth's surface and subsurface, and ways to assess concomitant uncertainty and risk, and applies this to carbon capture and storage and other energy transition technologies.
"ECCI is an essential hub of climate work for the University and for Scotland. It's an honour to join the ECCI community as an Associate and have the opportunity to build positive connections with climate researchers and practitioners." ECCI Associate Toni Freitas

Honorary Fellow, Dr Hannah Ritchie, said: "I studied at Edinburgh for many years, and have had the privilege of having some amazing mentors there. It has a special place in my heart, so it's an honour to be linked with Edinburgh again."

Find out more about all 17 of the leading climate change academics who have joined the Associate community via ECCI's Associates page.

ECCI community

ECCI is a centre of excellence within the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and an inclusive hub for researchers, policy makers, businesses, students and educators.

As such the ECCI community includes agencies who work to tackle climate change and experienced climate practitioners working on externally funded challenge driven projects.

Our community also includes students studying climate change and those that teach them.