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Climate futures

Discover how we are responding to the global climate crisis through our high quality research.

The global impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are amongst the greatest threats to public health, the global economy and biodiversity.

To help address this crisis, we are harnessing our high quality research expertise spanning climate science, emissions reduction, food sustainability, air quality impacts, new materials discovery, behaviour insights, risk communication, community engagement and the development of new sustainable technologies.

Our researchers attended COP26 to observe negotiations, contribute to discussions, present at events and promote the University's research, helping to inform future policy.

Working with collaborators across the globe, we are aligning these strengths to explore impacts of climate change, develop solutions to environmental challenges and address knowledge gaps.

Our research excellence brings tangible benefits at a global, national and local scale in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation as we work towards a lower carbon future.

The climate futures research theme aligns closely with the University’s commitment to sustainability.

Areas of research

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Science

Learn how our research is exploring ways to address the climate crisis.

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Society

We are exploring the impact of climate change on society and ecosystems.

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Solutions

We are developing mitigation solutions to reduce harmful emissions.

Supporting the transition to net zero in Liverpool City Region

Our researchers are harnessing their academic expertise to support businesses and organisations in the city region to reach the City Council's net zero target. They are developing collaborative projects with proven low carbon and commercial value.

Capabilities and expertise

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Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

A specialist energy materials research institute, aiming to transform the future of energy generation, storage, transmission and energy efficiency.

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Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place

An interdisciplinary research institute focusing on the development of sustainable and inclusive cities and city regions.

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems

Bringing together experts in the areas of consumer behaviour, public policy, crop sciences, genomics, climate change, livestock and animal health.

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The Pandemic Institute

A global institute to accelerate the response to current and future pandemics, unifying intelligence and generating scientific excellence with societal impact for all.

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Zero Carbon Research Initiative

Assisting in deciphering the complex carbon landscape and designing strategies to help business achieve the UK Governments plan to become Net Zero Carbon (NZC) by 2050.

Meet some of our leading academics in this area:

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Professor Ric Williams

Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

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Dr Jenny Hodgson

Dr Jenny Hodgson

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

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Professor Matthew Baylis

Professor Matthew Baylis

Livestock and One Health

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Professor Alessandro Tagliabue

Professor Alessandro Tagliabue

Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

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Professor Andy Morse

Professor Andy Morse

Professor of Climate Impacts, Geography and Planning

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James Lea

Dr James Lea

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Geography and Planning

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Professor Karl Whittle

Professor Karl Whittle

Professor of Zero Carbon and Nuclear Energy, Engineering

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Professor Alexander Cowan

Professor Alexander Cowan

Director, UK Solar Fuels Network

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Laurence Hardwick

Professor Laurence Hardwick

Director, Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

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Georgina Endfield

Professor Georgina Endfield

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Environment and Postgraduate Research

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Professor Andy Plater

Professor Andy Plater

Academic lead, Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory

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Professor Kate Parr

Professor Kate Parr

Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

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Dr Raj Whitlock

Dr Raj Whitlock

Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

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Professor Jonathan Rushton

Professor Jonathan Rushton

Livestock and One Health

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Dr Stephen Finnegan

Dr Stephen Finnegan

Director, Zero Carbon Research Initiative

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Dr Nova Mieszkowska

Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

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