• Aston Triangle, Aston University, Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    Personal profile

    Biography

    I'm an Associate Professorial Research Fellow (Reader) at the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. I lead the EBRI Systems Analysis group and am an experienced research leader in sustainable bioenergy systems and transition to low-carbon societies bridging engineering, natural and social sciences. I have extensive knowledge of the bioenergy sector, including biomass availability, conversion technologies, BECCS, markets, and end-user demand. I have a strong track record of leading and managing research on UKRI- and Government-funded and industry-academic partnership projects with a diverse research funding portfolio (e.g., EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC, ESRC, Innovate UK, UK Aid). Additionally, I have long-term experience collaborating with the industrial, public sector and the wider public. Working over 12 years in academia, I have developed an exceptional interdisciplinary research track record with a wide skill set in quantitative and qualitative methods and interdisciplinary synthesis.

    I'm an experienced research group leader, supervising research staff and PhDs and a mentor and ambassador on equity, diversity and inclusion with a focus on STEM and early career development.

    My Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) expertise includes leading on the successful Athena Swan Gold Award of the College for Engineering and Physical Sciences and supporting the Race Equality Charter activities of Aston University.

    Research Interests

    Research areas

    • Bioenergy and bioeconomy
    • Energy system resilience
    • Sustainability
    • Climate change
    • Negative emissions
    • Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)
    • Bioenergy in the context of global challenges and development
    • Bioenergy and interfaces with forestry and agriculture
    • Land use

    Skills and methods

    • Life cycle assessment
    • Emission accounting and carbon budgets
    • Environmental and sustainability assessment
    • Socio-economic and social assessment
    • Policy analysis
    • Social justice
    • Whole systems approaches
    • Stakeholder engagement

     

    PhD Supervision

    • Prince Anthony Okoro: The cost of the transition to a low-carbon future. Economic and socio-economic feasibility of bioenergy in Nigeria (since October 2021)
    • Dan Taylor: A political economy approach to sustainable production of bioenergy and bioproducts (since January 2022)
    • Dan Abudu: The Future of Forests in sub-Saharan Africa (since October 2022)

    Completed PhDs

     

    Consulting

    Sustainability and climate change mitigation

    • Sustainability assessment of bioenergy, biobased products, net zero and carbon dioxide removal technologies. (LCA, TEA, socio-economics, social impacts) 
    • Holistic system dynamic analysis of sustainability and climate change impacts assessing system trade-offs and synergies for risk mitigation and benefit optimisation
    • Advising on introduction of holistic sustainability frameworks in organisations, processes and policies

    Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

    • Experienced in writing and reviewing EDI frameworks and strategies
    • Advising on introduction of EDI frameworks in organisations, processes and policies

    Review and QA

    • Experience in reviewing and advising on funding applications, scientific manuscripts, academic and non-academic reports

     

    Professional/editorial offices

    Associate Editor for Bioenergy for WIREs Energy and Environment 

    If you instersted in publishing review articles on any bioenergy topics in any relevant discipline, please get in touch.

    Guest Editor for Biomass and Bioenergy, Special Issue Development of modern bioenergy approaches in low- and middle-income countries

     

    Available PhD Studentships

    Sustainable bioenergy; Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage/use; Carbon dioxid removal; Energy policy; Socio-economic and social aspects of bioenergy deployment

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, A cultural ecological approach for meal security. A case study of the dynamics of the food habits in El Obeid, Sudan

    Oct 2005Feb 2008

    External positions

    Associate Editor for Bioenergy at WIREs Energy and Environment, Wiley - Blackwell Ltd

    2021 → …

    Scientific Committee European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE)

    2021 → …

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