Joshua Farnsworth

Joshua Farnsworth


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My research explores the role of cities relating to climate change and the power of green urban infrastructure, green finance initiatives and how cities can adapt and mitigate against climate change. I am also interested in understanding how a re-shaping of local politics and power structures within urban cities can be used to benefit the environment through engagement of different stakeholders through Co-Production techniques in order to plan and strategize climate goals.

I graduated with a B.A in Political Science and Government from Newcastle University in 2020 and an MSc from the University of Sheffield in Environmental Change and International Development in 2021, where my dissertation focused on urban climate change governance through city-to-city networking and the significance of grassroot organisations and community mobilisation. In between my time as a Masters student and beginning my PhD, I have worked for an environmental consultancy as a climate policy lead, working with companies from an array of industries in order to plan and strategize different decarbonization pathways.

As part of my PhD research, I will be working closely between the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, as well as with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to develop the city of Manchester’s next five year environment plan. I will be taking an interdisciplinary approach to my research, combining a variety of different approaches towards development of the plan at the city scale. As well as this, delivering and applying co-production approaches to city infrastructure in the context of urban climate change will be a fundamental part of the project.

Research interests

Accelerating Social Transitions

Building Up Resilience

Overcoming Poverty with Climate Actions

Reaching Zero Emissions

My group

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change

Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, Business Sustainability Management, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 15 Apr 2022

Master in Science, Environmental Change and International Development , The University of Sheffield

Oct 2020Sep 2021

Award Date: 18 Nov 2021

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Government, Newcastle University

Sep 2017Jun 2020

Award Date: 13 Jun 2020

Areas of expertise

  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • JS Local government Municipal government


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