For nearly three decades the United Nations has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. At the Cabot Institute for the Environment, we contribute interdisciplinary climate change research that helps inform coordinated climate action and resolve key issues related to the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

We are part of the UK Universities Climate Network (formerly known as the COP26 Universities Network), collaborating with over 80 other UK-based universities and research centres across the UK on climate change issues and galvanising research and policy briefings in the run-up to each COP. 

The Network works together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from each COP. 

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays our role in getting all players on track to deliver a low-carbon, resilient world. We aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for the COPs, for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action ourselves

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Bristol academics attending COP28

We have several academics representing the University of Bristol at COP28. They are:

Dr Colin Nolden, sustainable energy governance, University of Bristol Law School

Dr Alix Dietzel, climate justice, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Dr Karen Tuckerpolitics of indigenous knowledge, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Dr Katharina Richter, degrowth, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Dr Caitlin Robinson, energy poverty and justice, School of Geographical Sciences

Dr Jo House, climate policy, climate mitigation, land-based mitigation, School of Geographical Sciences

Dr Matt Palmer, climate monitoring and sea level rise projections, School of Earth Sciences

Professor Pete Falloon, climate-resilient food systems, School of Biological Sciences

COP28 lead at the University of Bristol

Dr Alix Dietzel,

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Did you know...

...we contribute to climate policymaking at a global and local level. Find out more about our contributions to the international Panel on Climate Change reports and how we work with local government to effect positive change to the city of Bristol.

Information for University of Bristol staff

If you are a member of the university, you can access and follow our Sharepoint site to stay up to date with what's happening internally around COP28.

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