Asher Minns

Executive Director
Exec Director / Headquarters UEA

Role at Tyndall

I am Executive Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, working from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the City of Norwich. I deliver organisational leadership, management and strategy across the Tyndall Centre University partnership. At Tyndall UEA I am responsible for operations, financial control, planning, human resources, external and internal communication. At UEA I also lead Climate Action, applying theory and informing real-world place-based practice, working alongside policy and communities partnerships across East Anglia. I also manage and oversee commercial consultancy as a pure form of knowledge brokering – the biggest currently is Tyndall’s role in the UK Government’s £5 million Climate Services Now. I work regularly with Governments and policy makers, ranging from being an official observer to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2000, UK Government and EU interaction, to locally as founding Chair of the Norwich Climate Change Commission, in partnership with Norwich City Council.

My expertise is as a professional science communicator who specialises in engaging audiences outside of academia with climate and environmental research. I am a founder of the science of climate change communication, which like all my work, is about applying academic evidence and theory to real-world practice. I have also been working with environmental artists for many years, here is a retrospective of some of that work Respond Climate Change.

I ensure that the Tyndall Centre is at the forefront of innovation in science communication and impact and public engagement, and more recently, regional policy entrepreneurship. I developed and embedded many of the techniques around stakeholder co-production of knowledge that are today standard in interdisciplinary climate change research. I specialise in co-design and co-creation of research, public engagement, and evidence-based science communication, including training of researchers. I work with colleagues across all of the Tyndall Centre, and other related endeavours, to deliver stakeholder impact, as summarised most recently in Truly Useful the Tyndall Centre’s publication to mark its 21st birthday. Other recent work includes leading and curating the public engagement for all 50 UK Climate Universities at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. I have been costed into £9.3m of UEA research funding since 2008.

Role at Council

Executive Director / Headquarters UEA

Research Interests

On Google Scholar I have a h-index of 11 with 4555 citations.

Personal website


Personal: @AsherMinns
Tyndall Centre: @TyndallCentre

Email: a.*****@ue*.uk

Phone: +44 0 1603 593900 / + 44 0 7880 547843

Postal Address:
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ UK

Personal: @AsherMinns
Tyndall Centre: @TyndallCentre