Alice is a Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy in the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester.
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, having led 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 led 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. Her current role within the University of Manchester is providing an opportunity to further expand her research interests into the decarbonisation challenges within Universities.
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. She was appointed as the Head of School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering in 2017, and soon after became Vice-Dean and inaugural Head of School of Engineering at the University of Manchester, a position held until October 2023. Alice has led numerous research projects, including the EPSRC funded High Seas project in 2010 and was the lead Manchester investigator on a large consortium project funded by the EPSRC entitled ‘Shipping in Changing Climates‘. She was also PI on a large EPSRC consortium project on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus, a Co-I on the UKERC project RACER and PI on a UKERC project on decarbonising shipping and aviation fuels. Her research interests continue to focus on the decarbonisation challenges surrounding aviation and shipping, and connections with carbon budgeting and the wider energy system more generally.