- Research and Innovation Development Manager
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As Research and Innovation Development Manager for the Priestley Centre for Climate Futures, I support the Centre’s mission, specifically in climate-related research and innovation development. I work with academics and professional services to identify, develop and sustain portfolios of research and innovation, leverage internal and external funding and assist in the preparation and submission of high quality interdisciplinary research proposals in response to external funding opportunities.
I have a first degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in palaeoecology, after which I worked in the public sector on environmental management and sustainable development policy for 15 years. I joined the University of Leeds in 2012, working in the School of Earth and Environment on the Research Excellence Framework. In 2014, I became the Centre Manager for the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) and the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET), both of which focus on using satellite Earth observation to understand global planetary change.
In 2019 I took up the role of Science and Policy Manager for the Horizon 2020 CONSTRAIN project, which is developing a better understanding of how both natural and human factors will affect the climate in coming decades. As well as coordinating scientific activities across the project, my role focused on ensuring that the knowledge generated to improve climate projections could reach decision makers and be used effectively in climate policy. I am now continuing to support policy, research, and innovation activities through my current role.