Robert Bellamy


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BSc Environmental Sciences (University of York), MSc (Distinction) Climate Change (University of East Anglia), PhD Environmental Social Science (University of East Anglia)


Dr Rob Bellamy is Lecturer in Climate and Society in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on the social science of climate, nature, and technology, exploring how climate change and responses to it are perceived, evaluated, and governed. He has published widely on these issues in top interdisciplinary and disciplinary academic journals including Nature Energy, Global Environmental Change, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. He is currently Co-Investigator and Lead on Responsible Innovation for the UK’s national carbon dioxide removal directorate hub, CO2RE. He was awarded a Presidential Fellowship at the University of Manchester from 2018 – 2022, and ‘Best Researcher of the Year’ 2021 for the University’s Faculty of Humanities.

Research interests

Current projects

National Greenhouse Gas Removal Directorate Hub (CO2RE), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, 2021 – 2025.

Mapping Assessments of Negative Emissions (MANE) project, funded by the University of Manchester, 2018 – 2022.

Previous projects

GReenhouse gas Instruments and Policies (GRIP) project, funded by the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation, 2016 – 2019.

Premises for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage in the Global Response to Climate Change project, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, 2016 – 2018.

BRIdging the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience (BRIGAID) project, funded by the European Commission, 2016 – 2018.

Remaking Energy Participation project, funded by the UK Energy Research Centre, 2016 – 2018.

Climate Geoengineering Governance (CGG) project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2013 – 2015.

Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals (IAGP) project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council, 2010 – 2013.

Appraising Geoengineering project, PhD research funded by the Norfolk Charitable Trust, 2010 – 2013.

Media contributions and coverage

Interviewed by The New European newspaper for the article “Earth’s last rays of hope?” (2022).

Interviewed by the Science Museum for their blog “Wanted: Your Advice on Greenhouse Gas Removal” (2022).

Interviewed by Science|Business for the article “Should scientists study how to dim the sun?” (2022).

Interviewed by The Metro newspaper for the article “Snowpiercer: Could it really happen? The very real concerns with geoengineering explained” (2022).

Interviewed by The Independent newspaper for the article “The world-first experiment capturing CO2 from air and turning it to stone” (2021).

Interviewed by Chilean newspaper El Mercurio for the article “Announcements made about carbon neutrality and reduced methane emissions could lead to temperatures rising 1.8 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. However, specialists warn that this would not prevent climate damage” (2021).

Interviewed by New Scientist for the ‘Fix the Planet’ newsletter “Is this a turning point for removing CO2 from the air?” (2021).

Interviewed by New Scientist for the article “Inside the race to scale up CO2 capture technology and hit net zero” (2021).

Interviewed by Euronews for the article “Capture and store CO2 to reach net-zero, says the IPCC climate report. It's easier said than done” (2021).

Interviewed by New Scientist magazine for the article “Controversial geoengineering scheme will dump iron in the sea” (2021).

Quoted by The Wire Science for the article “Top US body recommends funding for controversial solar geoengineering research” (2021).

Interviewed by The Independent newspaper for the article “From tree planting to CO2-sucking machines: How could ‘negative emissions’ help to tackle the climate crisis?” (2021).

Interviewed by Science for the article “Bioenergy not a climate cure-all, panel warns” (2019).

Interviewed by the Carbon Brief climate change news website for the article “Negative emissions: Scientists meet in Sweden for first international conference” (2018).

Interviewed by the Carbon Brief climate change news website for the video “How can negative emissions become a reality at scale?” (2018).

Wrote “Should we engineer the climate? A social scientist and natural scientist discuss” for The Conversation academic news website (2018).

Interviewed by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK for the article “Fear no one will care about the world's biggest experiment” (2017).

Interviewed by the Daily Express newspaper for the article “Scientists plan to halt global warming by DIMMING the sun” (2017).

Interviewed by New Scientist magazine for the article “Dimming the sun could save corals from bleaching and hurricanes” (2017).

Wrote “Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now” for The Conversation academic news website (2017).

Wrote “How we can make good decisions about geoengineering” for the Carbon Brief climate change news website (2014).


UG Year 1

GEOG12011 Tutorials and Critical Book Review

UG Year 2

GEOG20091 Climate Change: Science and Society (unit co-ordinator)


Programme Director, MSc Climate Change: Science, Society and Solutions

GEOG70931 Climate Emergency, Technology and Society (unit co-ordinator)

Dissertation supervision

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects in BA/BSc Geography and MSc Environmental Governance

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Energy
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


  • climate change
  • climate tipping points
  • extreme weather
  • carbon dioxide removal
  • solar geoengineering
  • energy systems
  • climate change adaptation
  • public perception
  • technology assessment
  • governance


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