CECAN is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Knowledge Integrators who will be helping the team to exploit research opportunities, manage external relations and explore sustainability options for the Centre's future.
Ben Fagan-Watson is a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) and now joins CECAN two days a week as a Knowledge Integrator. He has a long-standing interest in effective evaluation of environmental policy and is currently leading a project exploring how businesses and trade associations influence EU climate policy.
He is Co-Investigator on the Urban Heat project (2015-16) funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which explores how communities can be involved in preparing for and responding to heatwaves and hot weather in the UK. He is also Co-Investigator of a 3-year international ESRC-funded project, developing and testing an environmental and construction management toolkit to help local communities in informal settlements in South Africa to be self-reliant and resilient over the long-term.
Pete Barbrook-Johnson is a Research Associate at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI), and now joins CECAN three days a week as a Knowledge Integrator. Alongside his work in CECAN, at PSI Pete is currently working on: a BEIS-funded evaluation of the Heat Networks Investment Project, the ESRC/NRF/Newton Fund funded ISULabaNtu project concerning community-led upgrading of informal settlements in South Africa, and the H2020 MIN-GUIDE project, concerning EU mineral policy.
In addition to his research activities, Pete is part of the core team delivering the module ‘Environmental Change & Transitions to a Low Carbon Society’ on the MA course, Energy and Environmental Change. Pete also regularly delivers short-courses on agent-based modelling.