Dr Marta Bruno Soares

Dr Marta Bruno Soares


Dr Marta Bruno Soares is a Met Office University Academic Fellow holding posts at the University of Leeds and the Met Office. Marta is a social scientist and her research revolves around the development of climate services across a range of sectors, organisations and geographical regions with a particular focus on understanding the barriers and enablers to the use of climate information, assessing the value climate information in decision-making processes, enhancing stakeholders' engagement in co-production processes, and the analysis of science-policy interface. 

Before coming to academia, Marta worked as a policy planner in the UK focusing on developing climate change planning policies at the local level and working on related activities (public consultation, strategic environmental assessment, GIS, and monitoring).

Current projects

Previous projects

  • NERC SHEAR Catalyst funded project IPACE Malawi (2018-2020; £250k) - Co-I and leading the work package on the co-development and evaluation of the climate service
  • Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership project looking at priorities for urban climate services development in China (2017-2019; £200K; PI and leading the work on the assessment of the priorities for urban climate services in Shanghai and Beijing)
  • Copernicus Climate Change Service 'Sector engagement for C3S, Translating European User Requirements' (SECTEUR; 2016-2017; €270k; Co-I)
  • Copernicus Climate Change Service 'Quality Assessment Strategies for Multi-Model Seasonal Forecasts' (QA4Seas; 2016-2018; €250k;  Co-I)
  • FP7 project 'European Provision Of Regional Impacts Assessments on Seasonal and decadal timescales' (EUPORIAS; 2012-2017; work package leader)

External facing roles

  • Expert reviewer for the IPCC AR6 WG1
  • UK ESRC representative at the Joint Initiative Programme (JPI) Action Group on “Enabling Societal Transformations in the Face of Climate Change”
  • Met Office Academic Partnership (involved in the 'Weather, Climate and Social Science’ theme)
  • External reviewer for the Copernicus Climate Change Service
  • External reviewer for the ERANET for Climate Services


  • PhD on Climate change vulnerability and adaptation (University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh University, UK)
  • MSc in Spatial Planning (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
  • BSc in Environmental Management (Universidade Atlântica, Portugal)

Current PhD supervision

Jillian Schacher 'Comparative advantages and ethical considerations of public vs. private climate service providers' (Co-supervised with Suraje Dessai and Rob Lawlor)

James Norman 'Developing actionable seasonable climate information for the wind and solar industry' (Co-supervised with Amanda Maycock and Suraje Dessai)

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Professional memberships

  • Leeds Met Office Strategic Research Group
  • Priestley International Centre for Climate
  • Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

Student education

I currently lead module SOEE5192 on 'Managing Environmental Contracts' and contribute to SOEE5281 'Introduction to sustainability'.

Research groups and institutes

  • Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services
  • Business Organisations for Sustainable Societies
  • Sustainability Research Institute

Current postgraduate researchers

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