UKRI works with The Conversation on COP26 podcast series

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UKRI is working with the online news site The Conversation on a special series of climate-related podcasts marking the run-up to COP26.

Part of The Conversation’s Anthill Podcast series, the podcasts hear from academics and researchers working in the areas covered by UKRI’s four COP26 Fellows.

Episodes and summaries

Episode 1: climate finance

A deep dive into climate finance, the $100 billion commitment, how the money is being spent and what to expect at COP26.


  • Jessica Omukuti, UKRI COP26 Research Fellow and Research Fellow on Inclusive Net Zero, University of Oxford (plus residents of Zanzibar affected by a climate finance project Jessica has studied)
  • Harpreet Kaur Paul, PhD Candidate in law, University of Warwick
  • Alina Averchenkova, Distinguished Policy Fellow, Lead, Governance and Legislation, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, LSE.

Episode 2: net zero

The history of the net zero concept and where we are with the technologies needed to make it happen.


  • Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot-Watt University
  • Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science and Head of the Climate Dynamics Group, University of Oxford
  • James Dyke, Senior Lecturer Global Systems, University of Exeter.

Episode 3: just transition (20 October)

How to bring everybody on board with the huge changes needed for a switch away from fossil fuels to renewables.


  • Rebecca Ford, UKRI COP26 Research Fellow and Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Strathclyde
  • Rebecca Willis, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship and Professor in Practice, University of Lancaster (plus interviews with people from Whitehaven for and against the proposed new coal mine there)
  • Keiran Harrahill, PhD Candidate in Bioeconomy, University College Dublin.

Episode 4: youth activism (27 October)

What impact is climate youth activism having on governments and how can young people be part of the solutions for climate change?


  • Harriet Thew, UKRI COP26 Research Fellow, University of Leeds (Harriet has also interviewed a youth climate activist, based in Newcastle, for the podcast)
  • Linda Dunlop, Senior Lecturer in Science Education, University of York.

Episode 5: expert guide to what happened at COP26 (17 November)

An analysis of what was agreed at the summit and what it means. The main focus will be on the process of climate negotiations and what influences them.

Last updated: 29 October 2021

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