Alice Larkin


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Alice Larkin is a Professor in Climate Science & Energy Policy as part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the School of Engineering. Alice trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Leeds, did her PhD in climate modelling at Imperial College, then worked in science communication. She returned to academia in 2003 joining the interdisciplinary Tyndall Centre to research conflicts between climate change and aviation. In 2008 she was appointed as a lecturer to direct projects on international transport and food supply scenarios within a climate change context, and was Director of Tyndall Manchester between 2013 and 2016. In 2017 Alice became the Head of School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, and then from 2019 to 2023, the Vice-Dean and Head of the newly formed School of Engineering. Alice has led numerous research projects, including the EPSRC funded High Seas project in 2010 and was the lead Manchester investigator on a large consortium project funded by the EPSRC entitled 'Shipping in Changing Climates'. She was also PI on a large EPSRC consortium project on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus, a Co-I on the UKERC project RACER and PI on a UKERC project on decarbonising shipping and aviation fuels. Her research interests continue to focus on the decarbonisation challenges surrounding aviation and shipping, and connections with carbon budgeting and the wider energy system more generally.

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  • Shipping and aviation emissions and climate policy
  • Water-Food-Energy nexus
  • Climate change mitigation pathways

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Member, Clean Maritime Council, Department for Transport

1 Aug 2023 → …

Scientific Advisory Board Member, University of Graz

1 Mar 202228 Feb 2024

UKERC Research Committee Member, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

1 Sept 201531 Aug 2018

Tyndall Council Member, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

1 Sept 201131 Aug 2018

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Creative Manchester


  • aviation
  • shipping
  • nexus
  • climate change
  • carbon


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