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Net Zero Cluster Group

We see an urgent need for creativity that crosses disciplines, to make leaps of the imagination, and together achieve net zero.

Help us help our planet achieve net zero

We are seeking academics to be a part of a multidisciplinary research community. We strive to accelerate net zero research and education.

By bringing together a wealth of expertise across disciplines, we unify efforts towards new ways of thinking about net zeroOur vision is to:

  • contribute to the delivery of net zero
  • ensure sustainable consumption and production
  • ensure fairer distribution of resources
  • reduce our impact on the environment

Addressing complex problems

Addressing such complex problems means looking at problems from many angles and scales. They range from:

  • individual electrons to global trading systems
  • individual households to mega cities
  • materials science to policy and regulation

Taking action on the climate and ecological crises

Without a doubt, one of the most significant challenges of our time is the threat posed by climate change.

There's an urgent need for innovative solutions to protect our planet.

COP26 saw nations making commitments to achieve net zero.

Newcastle University itself has committed to supporting the global response.

We seek to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

Implications of net zero

Net zero touches many aspects of our lives. That includes how we:  

  • consume natural resources such as water, energy, and food 
  • transport goods and ourselves around the planet 
  • design, manufacture, procure, dispose of goods 
  • fund and finance services and pensions 

It also includes the:

  • impact of our activities on air quality 
  • depletion of species 
  • destruction of forests and ice-caps 
  • global inequity in who pays and who benefits  

Achieving net zero together

Achieving net zero will require the best minds from a range of disciplines. We need to create the new knowledge to provide alternatives to existing practices.

It requires collaborative partnerships between these disciplines, and with:

  • business, policy makers and investors to address technical, economic, and social barriers to implementation
  • creative industries to illuminate new ways of seeing the world

In parallel we need to:

  • develop new skills in our existing workforce
  • promote creativity
  • change our ways of working and rise to the challenge

This is where you come in.

We’re recruiting to these opportunity areas*:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation 
  • Renewable energy sources, systems, and networks 
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture 
  • Sustainable transport and future mobility
  • Biodiversity
  • Health and wellbeing 
  • Environmental policy, hazard, and risk reduction 
  • Behavioural science 
  • Sustainable urban futures 

* These are broadly conceived areas.