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Angela Minas is a social scientist in the field of agriculture and low carbon energy based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She applies her interdisciplinary expertise to study social innovation and uses participatory methods and social network research to identify co-development strategies for climate action and low carbon solutions. Her current projects are part of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations.

She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester, conducting research that identifies capacity building pathways to engage farmers in rice straw bioenergy development in Southeast Asia. Her postdoctoral projects include an international research fellowship investigating how energy access planning can be linked to agricultural livelihoods, and a UKERC-funded work on Heat as a Service. She has also contributed to teaching at the Global Development Institute and in project management and sustainability.

Angela has professional experience in knowledge management and communication, working on themes such as agriculture, climate change, and natural resource management. She has worked on a number of projects in Asia and Africa exploring social learning in agricultural innovation systems, women in fish farming in Tanzania, participation in community-based forest management in the Philippines, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Indonesia.

Research interests

  • Social innovation
  • Grassroots and city-level climate action
  • Climate and environmental policy
  • Bioenergy
  • Livelihoods
  • Agricultural innovation system
  • Community-based environmental management
  • Socio-political dimensions of climate change adaptation and mitigation

Methodological knowledge

  • Qualitative methods
  • Social network research

Social responsibility

Agricultural waste in Southeast Asia (Outstanding Benefit to Society through Research - Emerging Impact)

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Areas of expertise

  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability
  • Bioenergy
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Social innovation
  • Social networks
  • Development communication
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Rural development
  • Extension
  • Rice research

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

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


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