Alice Garvey

Alice Garvey


I am a PhD candidate 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 (CCC).

I am also a Priestley Scholar, and a committee member of 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 capability of different UK regions to decarbonise, considering the question of spatial justice and ‘common but differentiated responsibility’ at a subnational scale. My project employs a range of modelling and carbon accounting approaches to consider whether regional decarbonisation commitments reflect responsibility for, and capability to, decarbonise. I will also consider relative policymaking powers for decarbonisation in different UK regions and at different scales.

Research interests

  • Carbon accounting and budgeting approaches
  • Regional decarbonisation and development
  • Social justice in low carbon transitions
  • Industrial strategy and decarbonisation policy
  • Policy analysis


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

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute