Emma Cassar

PhD Researcher

Emma is a PhD Researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the UEA School of Environmental Sciences. Emma’s research forms part of an ERC Starting Grant-funded project called ‘SILCI‘ that sets to explore disruptive low carbon innovations and how they spread through processes of social influence.


Research interests

Emma’s research area is on disruptive new mobility services and concepts such as autonomous vehicles, car sharing, ride sharing, e-hailing, bike sharing and mobility as a service.

Her PhD aims to understand individuals’ perceptions and adoption propensities towards mobility as a service as an alternative to private vehicle use.



Prior to starting her PhD, Emma has worked as an Environmental Scientist for an Environmental Consultancy in Malta, providing technical expertise in European funded projects, conducting qualitative and quantitative research through fieldwork, carrying out environmental monitoring, preparing method statements, and writing up reports leading to national policies. Following this, Emma joined the Malta Resources Authority as a Scientific Project Officer focusing on Climate Change dossiers specifically the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and reporting obligations under directives and regulations emanating from the European Union (EU) as well as the United Nations Framework on Climate Change. While working with the Malta Resources Authority, Emma formed part of the EU ETS and Aviation technical advisory team during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU held during the first half of 2017.


Emma holds a first class degree in Geography from the University of Malta and an MSc Water Management (Environmental) from Cranfield University in the UK.