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Dr Kate Donovan (formerly Crowley)

Co-Director

Kate is a Lecturer in Climate Risk and Resilience at the University of Edinburgh and joined the ECCI team in August 2020.

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Prof Stuart Haszeldine

Co-Director

Prof Stuart Haszeldine joined ECCI as Co-Director in January 2024. Stuart is the worlds first Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage with 45 years' experience as a geologist and environmental scientist at the University of Edinburgh.

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Dr Andy Cross

Deputy Director

Andy has been with ECCI since 2015, and took up the role of Deputy Director in January 2023.

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Jamie Brogan

Head of Climate Partnerships

Jamie develops and leads a portfolio of partnership projects aiming to deliver impact at scale.

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Stuart Simmons

Head of Business Development & Innovation

Stuart is the primary point of contact for commercial engagement at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.

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George Tarvit

Director, Sustainable Scotland Network

George joined ECCI in May 2018 to lead the Sustainable Scotland Network, Scotland's network for public sector action on climate change and sustainable development.

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Clare Wharmby

Climate Strategies Lead

Clare works in the Climate Partnerships team at ECCI, and is Programme Director for the Climate Intelligence Service.

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Dr Gillian White

Programme Manager, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS)

Gillian joined the SCCS team as Programme Manager in June 2023 to develop and win collaborative research bids involving SCCS partner institutes, multi-national companies, policymakers, SMEs and NGOs.

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Ruth Wolstenholme

Managing Director, Sniffer

Ruth is MD of Sniffer - an independent charity based at ECCI that brings people and ideas together to create a sustainable and resilient society.

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Alreem Alshimmari

Carbon Analyst

Alreem works in the Climate Partnerships team, specializing in projects aimed at analysing carbon footprints, conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and beyond.

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Dr Dan Barlow

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Climate Change Scrutiny, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Dan is leading the development of activities to support academic engagement around the scrutiny of climate change in Scottish universities and the Scottish Parliament.

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Anne Marte Bergseng

Interim Programme Manager & Project Manager - Climate resilience and social change, ClimateXChange

Anne Marte manages ClimateXChange’s work on behaviour change and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

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Sarah Bissett

Projects Officer, Climate Partnerships

Sarah works in the Climate Partnerships team at ECCI and is currently providing support for the Climate Springboard programme.

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Christy Brewster

Communications Officer, ClimateXChange

Christy leads on drafting updates and reviewing and editing commissioned research reports for ClimateXChange.

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Sarah Bryant

Research and Engagement Officer

Sarah works jointly across three different organisations - Sustainable Scotland Network, Climate Partnerships and the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

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Lee Callaghan

Project Co-ordinator, ClimateXChange

Lee keeps track of all ClimateXChange’s projects, finances and whereabouts. She also manages the organisation’s procurement and events.

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Mhairi Cochrane

Senior Projects Officer, Climate Partnerships

Mhairi works in the Climate Partnerships team at ECCI and providing teaching and support for the Climate Springboard programme.

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Annabel Cooper

Communications Officer

Annabel supports the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy across media, digital, events and stakeholder engagement.

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Inês Crespo

Communications Manager, ClimateXChange

Inês is responsible for developing and implementing CXC’s communications strategy and events portfolio.

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Lucy Crockert

Communications Officer, Sustainable Scotland Network

Lucy supports SSN programme delivery, including delivering SSN communications, supporting member events and administration.

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Prof Andrew Curtis

Professor of Mathematical Geoscience (ECCI Associate)

Andrew Curtis is the Professor of Mathematical Geoscience in the School of GeoSciences.

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Dr Kyle Dexter

Reader in Terrestrial Vegetation Ecology in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Kyle Dexter is a Reader in Terrestrial Vegetation Ecology in the School of GeoSciences. He is the Deputy Director of the E4 Doctoral Training Partnership and co-Director of the Centre for Adapting to Changing Environments.

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Emma Dore

Project Manager - Climate, Business and Industry, ClimateXChange

Emma manages ClimateXChange's projects across the business and industry portfolio.

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Dr Nicola Dunn

Interim Programme Manager & Project Manager - Climate and energy, ClimateXChange

Nicola manages energy-related projects at ClimateXChange.

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Dr Alfred Gathorne-Hardy

Senior Lecture in Sustainable Resource Use for Food Security (ECCI Associate)

Alfy is Programme Director of the Global Agriculture and Food Security degree and teaches on the Ecological and Environmental Sciences degree.

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Toni Freitas

Lecturer in Circular Economy, Programme Director for MSc Circular Economy, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Toni is a Lecturer in Circular Economy at the University of Edinburgh and the Programme Director for the newly launched, multidisciplinary MSc Circular Economy.

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Sarah Govan

Project Manager - Climate and Land Use, ClimateXChange

Sarah manages ClimateXChange’s land use, agriculture and forestry research projects.

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June Graham

Network Officer, Sustainable Scotland Network

June joined ECCI in May 2018 to hep drive public sector action on climate change for the Sustainable Scotland Network.

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Prof Gabi Hegerl

Professor of Climate System Science, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Prof Hegerl's research focuses on causes of climate change and the causes and consequences of extreme events.

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Dr Adam Peter Hejnowicz

Programme Director and Cohort Lead MSc in Carbon Management, University of Edinburgh

Adam is a Lecturer in Climate Change Adaptation and Programme Director and Cohort Lead for the MSc in Carbon Management.

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Dr Sian Henley

Reader in Marine Science, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

 Dr Sian Henley is a Reader in Marine Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a diverse range of research interests from climate and environmental change in the polar oceans to climate change impacts on children worldwide.

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Ruaidhrí Higgins-Lavery

Senior Carbon Analyst

Ruaidhrí works in the Climate Partnerships team on COBENS - a project aimed at quantifying the co-benefits that result from low-carbon technologies.

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Kristin Hopfe

Project Officer, Climate Partnerships

Kristin supports ECCI’s climate partnerships and administration teams.

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Dr Matt Lane

Lecturer in Climate Change Mitigation, University of Edinburgh

A lecturer in Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Edinburgh, Matt's background is in urban geography and political ecology.

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Lucia Lavric

Project Manager - Climate and economy, ClimateXChange

Lucia manages ClimateXChange's projects focused on meeting quantitative modelling, such as economic, financial and energy system analysis.

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Richard Lindsay Stevenson

Data and Projects Officer, SCCS

Richard is responsible for providing data management, analysis and dissemination and knowledge exchange support across the SCCS partnership

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Richard Lo Bianco

Digital Communications Officer, SCCS

Richard Lo Bianco is responsible for managing and delivering digital media communications for the SCCS partnership and partners.

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Rodaidh McLaughlin

Administrative Assistant

Rodaidh works in an administrative capacity at ECCI and across the wider School of GeoSciences.

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Prof Patrick Meir

Personal Chair in Ecosystem Science, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Prof Meir is also Director of the Centre for the study of Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS), School of Geosciences.

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Prof Marc Metzger

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes (ECCI Associate)

Marc Metzger is professor of Environment and Society within the Research Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.

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Ben Morse

Manager of Teaching-related Industrial Engagement and Strategic Relations

Ben is part of the Business Development team and works with industry, NGOs, the public sector and external organisations to develop partnerships and collaborations.

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Kira Myers

Carbon Analyst, Climate Partnerships

Kira works in the Climate Partnerships team, helping ECCI to be part of delivering ambitious climate targets in Edinburgh and Scotland through partnership projects and programmes.

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Dr Caroline Nichol

Reader in Remote Sensing, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Dr Nichol is a Reader in Remote Sensing at the University of Edinburgh and also works within the School of Geosciences’ Airborne Research and Innovation Facility.

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James Paterson

Programme Director (Carbon Management MSc and PGCerts)

Jamies is Programme Director for the ECCI-hosted online Carbon Management MSc and PGCerts postgraduate courses at the University of Edinburgh.

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Catherine Pearce

Capacity Building Manager, Sniffer

Catherine has extensive experience of working on climate and energy policy with governments and parliaments around the world.

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Eleanor Pratt

Climate Resilience Coordinator, Sniffer

Through her role at Sniffer, Eleanor brings organisations and people together to find solutions to environmental challenges.

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Dr Hannah Ritchie

Honorary Fellow

Hannah Ritchie is Deputy Editor and Lead Researcher at Our World in Data, the online publication that brings together the latest data and research on the world’s largest problems.

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Izi Robe

Project Coordinator, Climate Partnerships

Izi works in the Climate Partnerships team at ECCI and coordinates Climate Springboard, a programme to support SMEs to respond to the climate emergency.

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Annalisa Savaresi

Visting Academic

Annalisa Savaresi is an expert in climate change law and on the interplay between human rights and environmental law, with 20 years’ experience working with international and nongovernmental organisations.

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Dr Vivian Scott

Honorary Fellow

Vivian is a Honorary Fellow at ECCI and works for the UK’s Climate Change Committee.

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Dr Simon Shackley

Director of Postgraduate Teaching in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Simon Shackley is a lecturer in Climate Policy in the School of GeoSciences where he is also Programme Director for MSc Carbon Management.

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Prof Hugh Sinclair

Professor of Surface Geodynamics, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Prof Hugh Sinclair is a professor of Surface Geodynamics at the University of Edinburgh.

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Dr Saran Sohi

Senior Lecturer in Soil Science and Biochar, in the School of Geosciences (ECCI Associate)

Dr Saran Sohi is a Senior Lecturer in Soil Science and Biochar, in the School of Geosciences.

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Dr Lorna Street

Lecturer in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

As an ecosystem scientist, Dr Street is interested in how vegetation influences ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling.

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Andrew Sudmant

Data Programme Manager, Climate Partnerships

As a member of the Partnerships Team, Andrew works in partnership with the Improvement Service and alongside the Sustainable Scotland Network to support area-wide climate action across Scotland.

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Dr Dan Swanton

Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the School of GeoSciences (ECCI Associate)

Dr Dan Swanton is a cultural geographer who’s research examines how people share space in cities and student education.

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Kristina Tamane

Space Sector Lead

Kristina works as a Space Sector Lead at the University of Edinburgh, supporting academic colleagues who operate within the space and satellites sphere to showcase their excellent research and work with industrial partners.

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Alison Wood

Programme Manager, Climate Partnerships

Alison works in the Climate Partnerships team at ECCI and runs Climate Springboard, a programme to support SMEs to respond to the climate emergency.

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Dr Dan van der Horst

Reader in Environment and Society and Deputy Director of Research, School of GeoSciences (ECCI Associate)

Dan is reader in Environment and Society and Deputy Director of Research, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.

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Dr Romain Viguier

Business Development & Project Manager, SCCS

Romain provides the SCCS partnership with industry engagement and identifies research and commercial opportunities.

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Tom Wade

Chief Pilot and Facility Manager, Airborne Research and Innovation, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Tom Wade runs the Airborne Research and Innovation (ARI) facility at the University of Edinburgh.

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Dr Erika Warnatzsch

Digital Education Designer and University Teacher in Carbon Management, Co-Programme Director (Carbon Management MSc online) (ECCI Associate)

Erika is a climate change researcher, digital education designer, and teacher at the University of Edinburgh.

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Emma Yule

University Teacher, University of Edinburgh (ECCI Associate)

Emma's research is focused on extreme climate events and climate adaptation in Scotland.

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