Jarmo Kikstra

Role: PhD student, within the Grantham Institute and Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London and the Energy, Climate and Environment Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Subject area: The interaction between climate and human well-being 

Nationality: Dutch

I was born in the Netherlands. I am researching the interaction between climate and human well-being. We look at developing scenarios in which people can live a good life on a healthy planet. This involves researching energy, emissions, and poverty.



GCSE (or equivalent): Dutch secondary school (gymnasium)

A-level (or equivalent): Dutch secondary school (VWO) with Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Economics, Latin, English, and Dutch

• BSc Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Twente, Netherlands
• MSc Climate Change, University College London

Detail about Jarno


My research

I am trying to provide an answer to the question of how we can move towards a world with zero poverty while meeting climate goals.

My inspiration

My inspiration

A combination of both academic supervisors and of environmental activists.

My STEM hero

Who is your STEM hero?

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, one of the founders of ecological economics, for his interdisciplinarity. He applied technical knowledge to social problems.

A bicycle

Most significant discovery/invention?

The bike. What an amazing transportation vehicle it is. (Electricity is pretty cool, too.)

People working in a science lab

Career options after study

I will probably continue to do academic research.

A train running through beautiful countryside

My hobbies

I love to take my gravel bike for a ride, and travel Europe by train.