As nations develop policies for low-carbon transitions, conflicts with existing policies and planning tools are leading to competing demands for land and other resources. This raises fundamental questions over how multiple demands can best be managed. Taking the UK as an empirical example, this paper critiques current policies and practices to explore the interdependencies at the water-energy-food nexus.
Role at Tyndall
Alice is a part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and is Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy and Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at Manchester University.
Role at Council
Alice has broad research interests revolving around energy systems and the transition to a low carbon economy. In addition to a focus on emission budgets for decarbonistaion, Alice’s core research has been on international transportation, specifically aviation and shipping, leading a theme on demand-side change in an EPSRC Energy Programme funded project ‘Shipping in Changing Climates’. She also has interests at the energy, food and water nexus, and leads a large consortium project funded by EPSRC called Stepping Up. In addition to conventional academic inquiry, Alice makes an explicit connection between her academic research and the broader policy context, and as a result, her work on international transport, energy systems and carbon budgets has had a significant impact on topical debates and policy development, including shaping the UK’s Climate Change Act.
Alice trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Leeds, did her PhD in climate modelling at Imperial College, joining the interdisciplinary Tyndall Centre in 2003 to research conflicts between climate change and aviation policy. Following this she was part of the team in Manchester that developed their energy system scenario tool ASK, using it to build their first low-carbon energy scenarios in 2005. Alice's research has focused on the broader climate change context, and alongside Kevin Anderson she built up a reputation around research focusing on carbon budgets and cumulative emissions and developed global emission pathways commensurate with the 2C target. She has been theme leader within the EPSRC project 'Shipping in Changing Climates' collaborating with other UK Universities as well as Tyndall Southampton. In addition, she continues to play an active role in communicating her research to broader stakeholder groups through policy inquiries and actively pursuing engagement opportunities throughout the development and delivery of her research. In 2008 she was appointed as a lecturer to direct projects on international transport and food supply scenarios within a climate change context, and was Director of Tyndall Manchester between 2013 and 2016. Alice is the lead Manchester investigator on a large consortium project funded by the EPSRC entitled 'Shipping in Changing Climates', is PI on a large EPSRC consortium project on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus called Stepping UP and a Co-I on the UKERC project RACER. In 2015 Alice became a Professor of Climate Science & Energy Policy, and in 2017 became Head of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester
Aviation and Climate Change–The Continuing Challenge Larkin, A., Mander, S., Traut, M., Anderson, K. & Wood, F. 15 May 2016 Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. Wiley-Blackwell, Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter DOI: 10.1002/9780470686652.eae1031 Published
All adrift: aviation, shipping and climate change policy Bows-Larkin, A. 2014 In : Climate Policy. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2014.965125
A nexus perspective on competing land demands: Wider lessons from a UK policy case study Sharmina, M., Hoolohan, C., Bows-Larkin, A., Burgess, P. J., Colwill, J., Gilbert, P., Howard, D., Knox, J. & Anderson, K. 1 May 2016 In : Environmental Science and Policy. 59, p. 74-84 11 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.02.008 Published
Consumer responses to a future UK food system O'Keefe, L., Mclachlan, C., Gough, C., Mander, S. & Bows-Larkin, A. 2016 In : British Food Journal. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article DOI: 10.1108/BFJ-01-2015-0047 Published
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