Alice Larkin

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Alice Larkin
Alice Larkin discusses climate change at Elevate Festival in 2015
Alice Larkin
Other namesAlice Bows-Larkin
Alma materUniversity of Leeds (BSc)
Imperial College London (PhD)
Known forClimate policy
Scientific career
InstitutionsTyndall Centre
University of Manchester
ThesisInvestigation into the effects of solar variability on climate using atmospheric models of the troposphere and stratosphere (2000)
Doctoral advisorJoanna Haigh[2] Edit this at Wikidata

Alice Larkin (previous married name Bows) is a Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy [1][3] in the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester. She works on carbon budgets, international transport and cumulative emissions.


Larkin studied astrophysics at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1996.[4] She joined Imperial College London for her graduate studies, working on climate modelling, and completed her PhD in 2000 on the effects of solar variability on climate using atmospheric models of the troposphere and stratosphere[2][4] supervised by Joanna Haigh.[5]

Career and research[edit]

Larkin worked in science communication for three years after her PhD.[4] In 2003 Larkin joined the Tyndall Centre working on conflicts between climate change and policy.[6] She is interested in ways that research can inform policy decisions.[7] She became part of the team at Manchester, developing the energy scenario tool ASK in 2005, which allowed them to build low-carbon energy scenarios.[8] She works on carbon budgets and cumulative emissions. She was involved in the creation of the Climate Change Act 2008.[6] She was appointed a lecturer in 2008 and became Director of the Tyndall Centre in 2013.[6] She remains a member of the Tyndall Centre council.[9] In 2013 she called for more radical strategies to tackle climate change.[10]

She became a Professor at the University of Manchester in 2015. She is part of the University Living Lab.[11] She delivered a Ted Talk in 2015 entitled Climate Change is Happening, Here's How We Adapt.[12] The talk considered the reality of climate change and the fate of a world where wealthy nations do not take any responsibility.[11] It was described as the 'best human rights talk of the year' by City Atlas: New Haven.[13] She also spoke at TEDxYouth@Manchester in 2015 and New Scientist live.[14][15]

In 2016 Larkin was awarded the Researcher of the Year by University of Manchester. Larkin is interested in energy systems and international transport.[16][17] She provided expert-witness to the trial of the Heathrow 13, protestors from the Plane Stupid campaign group, who chained themselves to Heathrow Airport's Northern Runway to protest against the impact of climate change.[18] She avoids flying as she believes that climate change experts should act as role models in curbing aviation growth.[19] In 2017 she was made Head of the School (now Department) of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester, and in 2019 became Head of the School of Engineering, a post held until October 2023.[20] She has spoken extensively about climate change in mainstream media.[21] She appeared on the podcast Introductions Necessary.[22] She investigates the impact of the Paris Agreement for big-emitting nations.[23]

Shipping in Changing Climates[edit]

Despite the global economic downturn, the shipping industry is expected to continually increase in carbon dioxide emissions.[24] Larkin was a theme lead in the EPSRC project Shipping in Changing Climates.[25] She develops models to predict climate-change across the world.[25][26] These models inform how the shipping industry can prepare for the future. She proposed that the shipping industry use sails, biofuel and slow steaming.[25]

Stepping Up[edit]

Larkin was principal investigator for the EPSRC project Stepping Up.[27][28] The project looks for integrated solutions to future challenges in food, water and energy.[29] She studied the emissions associated with the future global wheat demand.[30] It combines anaerobic digestion, using insect protein for animal feed, recovery of the value of waste and ways to use surplus food from waste streams.[29] Her research has been funded by the EPSRC and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).[31]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Alice Larkin publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Alice (2000). Investigation into the effects of solar variability on climate using atmospheric models of the troposphere and stratosphere. (PhD thesis). Imperial College London. OCLC 1006239909. EThOS
  3. ^ "Alice Larkin | University of Manchester". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  4. ^ a b c "Alice Bows-Larkin, Professor of Climate Science & Energy Policy, University of Manchester". Low Carbon City (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  5. ^ "Women of Wonder: Professor Alice Larkin".
  6. ^ a b c "Alice Larkin | Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  7. ^ "Alice Larkin | The University of Manchester | Manchester Energy". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  8. ^ University, Keele. "Launch Event, Keele University". Archived from the original on 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  9. ^ "Alice Larkin | Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  10. ^ ""We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate Crisis". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  11. ^ a b "Alice Bows-Larkin | University Living Lab". Archived from the original on 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  12. ^ TED (2015-10-27), Climate Change Is Happening. Here's How We Adapt | Alice Bows-Larkin | TED Talks, retrieved 2018-11-11
  13. ^ "British scientist gives best human rights talk of the year". City Atlas: New Haven. 2015-10-10. Archived from the original on 2020-09-19. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  14. ^ TEDx Talks (2015-11-10), Paris and Perspectives on Climate Change | Alice Bows-Larkin | TEDxYouth@Manchester, retrieved 2018-11-11
  15. ^ New Scientist (2015-01-05), Alice Bows-Larkin: Predictions for 2015, retrieved 2018-11-11
  16. ^ "Alice Bows-Larkin". Elevate Festival. 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  17. ^ Bows-Larkin, Alice; Anderson, Kevin (2013), "Carbon Budgets for Aviation or Gamble with Our Future?", Sustainable Aviation Futures, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 65–84, doi:10.1108/s2044-9941(2013)0000004003, ISBN 9781781905951
  18. ^ "Heathrow 13: Prof Alice Bows-Larkin's expert evidence on aviation and climate change | Carbon Brief". Carbon Brief. 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  19. ^ "Biographies - Earth scientists flying less". Earth scientists flying less. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  20. ^ "Alice Larkin | Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  21. ^ "Climate change and lifestyles - Midnight Expert with Phil Williams | Research Explorer | The University of Manchester". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  22. ^ "Alice Bows-Larkin | Introductions Necessary". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  23. ^ Larkin, Alice; Kuriakose, Jaise; Sharmina, Maria; Anderson, Kevin (2017). "What if negative emission technologies fail at scale? Implications of the Paris Agreement for big emitting nations". Climate Policy. 18 (6): 690–714. doi:10.1080/14693062.2017.1346498. ISSN 1469-3062.
  24. ^ Bows-Larkin, Alice; Anderson, Kevin; Mander, Sarah; Traut, Michael; Walsh, Conor (2015). "Shipping charts a high carbon course". Nature Climate Change. 5 (4): 293–295. Bibcode:2015NatCC...5..293B. doi:10.1038/nclimate2532. ISSN 1758-678X. closed access
  25. ^ a b c "Project highlight: Shipping in Changing Climates | The University of Manchester | Manchester Energy". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  26. ^ Larkin, Alice; Smith, Tristan; Wrobel, Paul (2017). "Shipping in changing climates" (PDF). Marine Policy. 75: 188–190. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.033. ISSN 0308-597X. S2CID 56380540. closed access
  27. ^ "Team Members | STEPPING UP". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  28. ^ "Water Energy Food: STEPPING UP". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  29. ^ a b "About Stepping Up | STEPPING UP". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  30. ^ Röder, Mirjam; Thornley, Patricia; Campbell, Grant; Bows-Larkin, Alice (2014). "Emissions associated with meeting the future global wheat demand: A case study of UK production under climate change constraints". Environmental Science & Policy. 39: 13–24. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2014.02.002. ISSN 1462-9011. closed access
  31. ^ Anon (2018). "UK government grants awarded to Alice Larkin". Swindon: United Kingdom Research and Innovation. Archived from the original on 2018-11-17.