Shona Smith

As the Research and Innovation Development Manager for the Priestley International Centre for Climate my role is to support the identification and development of new opportunities to leverage funding, profile and impact for climate research at the University of Leeds. Working with academics and researchers across the whole University, I develop opportunities for new cross-faculty collaborations and interdisciplinary research, and assist in the management of relationships with external partners and stakeholders.

Prior to joining the Priestley Centre team I worked as a Research Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University and as an intern in the Research and Innovations Funding Development Team at Leeds. I have previously worked as a Researcher in Bristol, Leeds, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado. As an Atmospheric Chemist, my research focused on studying reactions which influence air quality and climate, and I continue to be motivated by contributing to research with societal and environmental impacts.


Research Coordinator, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University (2014 – 2016)
Research Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, USA (2012 – 2013)
Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds (2008 – 2011)
Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol (2007 – 2008)


PhD Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Leeds (2007)

MChem, 1st class honours and Dawson prize for Physical Chemistry, University of Leeds (2003)

Contact Shona

Tel: 0113 3430563