Nature and biodiversity have traditionally been thought of as part of our rural environment. However, we are realising more the critical role that the natural environment and green infrastructure play in our urban spaces and how they can support better outcomes for people, the environment and the economy. They can also help tackle the climate emergency and get us to Net Zero. The Environment Agency has a central role to play in all of these things. Environment Agency Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan, will talk about the Environment Agency’s work and the role that nature and biodiversity will play in our future cities.

About the speaker:

Sir James Bevan joined the Environment Agency (EA) as Chief Executive in late November 2015. Sir James has had a long career in government. His previous roles include UK High Commissioner to India, Chief Operating Officer at the UK Foreign Office, and as a visiting fellow at the Harvard University Center for International Affairs. He has also held a number of senior posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office including in Washington, Paris and Brussels. Sir James has a BA Honours in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2006 and was awarded a Knighthood in 2012.

Joining the event

This will be a hybrid event, with the opportunity for Imperial staff and students to attend at one of two campus locations (South Kensington and Silwood Park).

In Person

• South Kensington Campus – Blackett Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (Sir Bevan will be speaking in-person here)

• Silwood Park Campus – CPB room 2.4. (Livestream)


Guests can join the seminar remotely on zoom. Details to be sent to those who register.

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