Kate Scott

Presidential Fellow (Academic), University of Manchester

Kate Scott

Kate holds a NERC (UK Natural Environment Research Council) Industrial Innovation Fellowship on implementing a climate compatible Industrial Strategy for the UK. Kate is developing methods to downscale global climate assessments for local-level decision making across sectors in order to facilitate the delivery of a climate compatible Industrial Strategy. The Industrial Strategy outlines the government’s plans to improve living standards and economic growth. The project brings together climate science, government policy and private companies to ensure tackling climate change is incorporated into building a resilient, sustainable and competitive future for UK industry.

Previously, Kate was a Research Fellow for the UK Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP), where the research focused on the integration of resource efficiency, which includes the consumption and trade of materials and products, into climate mitigation policy. Kate employed scenario methods and input-output analysis to both quantify the emissions consequences of consumption patterns/ trends, and to evaluate policy opportunities at different spatial scales.

Kate is also part-funded on the UK Energy Research Centre project ADVENT. The primary objective is to explore future UK low-carbon energy pathways and quantify what they would mean for stocks of natural capital and for the provision of ecosystem services. The contribution looks at global impacts on wider sustainability goals from alternative energy transitions


PhD in Climate Mitigation, Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds (June 2016). Awarded a PhD by publication entitled ‘Integration of embodied emissions into climate mitigation policy’. Kate was awarded the Piers Sellers Prize by the Priestley International Centre for Climate for ‘exceptional PhD research’ in June 2016.

MA. in Sustainable Development, Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds (September 2007). Completed dissertation: Can the UK become a sustainable society? An analysis of sustainable consumption in the UK using an input-output approach

BSc. (Joint Honours) in Environmental Chemistry and Geography at the University of Glasgow (July 2005). Completed 2 dissertations: An investigation of the water quality of Bardowie Loch and Implementation of European Environmental Policies: A comparison between Scotland and Denmark.

Research Interests

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Consumption-based emissions
  • Resource efficiency
  • Input-output analysis
  • Low carbon transitions
  • Scenario analysis

Research articles