Alice Garvey

Alice Garvey


I am a first year PhD researcher funded under the EPSRC Energy Programme, and based in the Sustainability Research Institute. I previously worked for 2 years as a research assistant as part of the materials and products theme of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). In this role, I modelled industrial emissions mitigation scenarios and carried out a review of industrial decarbonisation policies to help inform the 6th Carbon Budget recommendations of the Climate Change Committee.

I am also a Priestley Scholar, and ECR Representative for the RGS Energy Geographies Research Group.

My project considers the question of ‘spatially just’ energy transitions in the UK, and the variable impact of decarbonisation on UK regions.

My research will evaluate the relative capacity of different UK regions to decarbonise, considering the question of spatial justice and ‘common but differentiated responsibility’ on an intra-national basis. My project will use a range of modelling approaches to consider whether regional decarbonisation commitments reflect responsibility for, and capacity to, decarbonise. I will also consider relative policymaking powers for decarbonisation in different UK regions and at different scales, the representation of regions in energy system modelling, and how metrics can be used to track the ‘justice’ of a low carbon transition.

Research interests

  • Energy geographies
  • Multi-Regional Input Output modelling
  • Regional decarbonisation and development
  • Social justice in low carbon transitions
  • Industrial strategy and decarbonisation policy


  • MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy, University of Leeds (Distinction)
  • BA, Durham University (1st Class)