James Mason is a postdoctoral researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His research focuses on low-carbon shipping, specialising in wind propulsion and weather routing. In a new EPSRC-funded fellowship, James will investigate the real-time feasibility of optimised sailing routes to cut carbon in international shipping. The fellowship aims to build on his previous PhD research to estimate the full potential of emerging short-term sail technology on routes around the globe. Working alongside Professor Alice Larkin and Simon Bullock, James has also investigated carbon budgets and Paris-compatible emission trajectories for the international shipping sector.
James graduated from The University of Manchester in 2016 with a master’s degree in Physics. He later completed his PhD in 2021 at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His PhD research was supported by the President’s Doctoral Scholar award that offers over 100 elite postgraduate research studentships per year. The award recognises researchers of the highest calibre, who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in world-leading research environments.
James has been interviewed by BBC radio 4 and Transform magazine about his work and won the audience favourite and runner-up prizes in the 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. He is also a co-host of the Tyndall Centre’s official 20th-year podcast, which interviews a number of the Tyndall Centre’s academics about their world-leading research.
He enjoys quantitative work and is proficient in optimisation techniques, data analysis and data visualisation.