Dec 01 2015 | Posted by wun

Proactive in Paris: Researchers head to Paris for crucial climate change talks

Scientists and world leaders are convening in Paris to tackle climate change, and the University of Leeds is well represented at the talks, offering a wealth of expertise in climate change science.
At the United Nation’s 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) conference, which will be held 30 November to 11 December, will be Professor Andy Gouldson, Professor John Barrett, Dr Monica di Gregorio and PhD student Harriet Thew (all from the School of Earth and Environment) and PhD students Richard Riley and Harriet Fletcher (from the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies).
The University’s climate research is wide-ranging and includes studies on creating ‘climate smart cities’ and bioenergy fuel sources, the effects of deforestation and consumption-based emissions, as well as research to analyse youth participation in climate science.

Students and alumni of the University of Leeds have also created a short documentary film about the path to Paris and why this COP should be different to previous years, which failed to reach an agreement on how to address climate change. The film, called Atmosphere, is directed by postgraduate student Nick Roxburgh from the University’s School of Earth and Environment and is the result of a successful crowd-funding campaign.


Atmosphere features interviews with, among others, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Åsa Romson, and the University of Leeds’ Professor Andy Gouldson.

You can find some of the latest coverage of the University’s climate change research below. Please keep checking back to see the latest news at the COP conference progresses.

Further information

A webcast of the UN’s conference is available to watch here.

The documentary film Atmosphere, created by students and alumni of the University of Leeds, is available to watch here.

For media enquiries, please contact Sarah Reed, Press Officer at the University of Leeds, on 0113 34 34196 or email