Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Reader in Sustainable Development



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Jeremy Woods is a Lecturer in bioenergy at Imperial College London working on the interplay between development, land-use and the sustainable use of natural resources. At Imperial, he is a co-director of ICEPT (Centre for Energy Policy and Technology) and a member of the Bioeconomy Platform of Climate-KIC which is dedicated to the development of advanced biorenewables. He coordinated the land/food/bioenergy and climate science components of the Global Calculator ( and supervised Alexandre Strapasson's PhD on 'the limits to bioenergy' ( As a member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Scientific Advisory Committee on its ‘Bioenergy: bridging the gaps’ project he was lead author of the ‘land and bioenergy’ chapter and co-author on a cross-cutting issues chapter on ‘Food Security’ ( He is a member of the Royal Society’s – DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative Assessment Panel and previously its Leverhulme Africa Awards Assessment Panel. He has sat on two RS working groups, ‘GHG emissions from agriculture’ in 2010 and its 2008/09 working group on ‘Biofuels’ which produced an internationally acclaimed report on the science and policies needed for their sustainable development.

His research links environmental impact, techno-economic and sustainability assessment frameworks and is applied to policy making and industry standards. He is a member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Scientific Advisory Committee on its current ‘Bioenergy: bridging the gaps’ rapid assessment project where he is lead author of the ‘land and biomass’ chapter and co-author on a cross-cutting issues chapter on 'Food Security'. His external interests including being a trustee of the Environmental Law Foundation ( and as Chair of a voluntary community-based carbon offsetting charity, Plan Vivo (; 2010 to 2014). He is a director of LCAworks Ltd (a consultancy on life-cycle assessment; ) and Themba, a charity dedicated to renewable energy and sustainable natural resource use for development.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Kline KL, Msangi S, Dale VH, et al., 2016, Reconciling food security and bioenergy: priorities for action, Gcb Bioenergy, Vol:9, ISSN:1757-1707, Pages:557-576

Lynd LR, Sow M, Chimphango AFA, et al., 2015, Bioenergy and African transformation, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Vol:8, ISSN:1754-6834

Lynd LR, Woods J, 2011, A new hope for Africa, Nature, Vol:474, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:S20-S21

Murphy RJ, Woods J, Black MJ, et al., 2011, Global developments in the competition for land from bio-fuels, Food Policy, Vol:36

Smith P, Gregory PJ, van Vuuren D, et al., 2010, Competition for Land, Phil Trans B, Vol:365, Pages:2941-2957

Woods J, Williams A, Hughes JK, et al., 2010, Energy and the Food System, Phil Trans B, Vol:365, Pages:2991-3006

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