Neil is responsible for supporting the development of strategic partnerships with policy-makers, business and non-governmental organisations. He has a specific interest in the co-benefits of climate action – how tackling climate change can help create a cleaner, greener, fairer future and how these co-benefits can be better considered in the decision-making process. Neil manages the relationship with the charity Ashden who have developed a co-benefits toolkit to support local authorities in taking more action on climate change while fulfilling their existing responsibilities. Related to this work, Neil sits on advisory groups for Kingston and Southwark Councils focused on Net Zero/the Green Economy.
Within Imperial, Neil is part of the interdisciplinary Climate Cares team - a group of researchers, designers, policy-makers and educators aiming to understand and support mental health in the current climate and ecological crises. Neil supports the Sainsbury's partnership, the Satellites and Earth Observation group and the Ocean Plastics Network. Neil represents the Grantham Institute on Greening Imperial, is on the advisory group responsible for developing a university Sustainability Strategy and the advisory group for the Global Development Hub.
Neil joined Imperial in March 2018 having worked for the Sustainability team of the National Union of Students (NUS) for six years. At NUS he managed the Student Switch Off campaign - a pro-environmental behaviour change project he set up in 2006 while undertaking a PhD at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. The campaign won various awards and continues to run in 7 European countries having reached 1.2 million students since it began.
Neil has a MSc from UCL in the Public Understanding of Environmental Change and a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge. He has been Managing Editor for the journal Global Environmental Change since 2005 and a Co-Editor since October 2020.
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