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Sarah started her career as a Chemical Engineer, initially working as a project engineer in the chemical and pharmaceutical's industry. Upon leaving industry, she spent a decade working in a variety of roles in the co-operative sector and as a community activist. This time was spent facilitating community engagement in regeneration projects, setting up the Homes for Change Housing Co-operative, fabricating bespoke metal- work and undertaking a variety of projects to promote sustainability within urban neighbourhoods. In 1999 she joined Manchester School of Management researching the penetration of wind energy in the North West for her PhD. Since completing her PhD, Sarah has worked at the Tyndall Centre.

Her research integrates public and stakeholder perspectives with technical and modelling assessments to build an understanding of the deployment of renewable energy technologies and social responses to these. She is passionate about climate change engagement, and,  increasingly, is exploring innovative approaches to engagement, and working with artists to reach diverse audiences in new ways rather than trying to change the world one conversation at a time.


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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • 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

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Creative Manchester
  • Healthier Futures


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