Our team

Jaime L. Toney

Director 

Prof Jaime Toney

Jaime Toney is an expert in the science behind climate change, specifically in understanding how different modern climate, environmental and ecosystem changes are from those the Earth has experienced in the past. She recognises that collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches are needed at all levels to make a transition to a sustainable future.

Mia Perry

Associate Directors

Dr Mia Perry

Mia Perry is an educational researcher, facilitator and activist. Working across disciplines, geographies, sectors and cultures, Mia specialises in literacies and learning, arts and cultural production, and methodologies of research and teaching. Mia’s current work connects community and international development with sustainability; she co-directs the Sustainable Futures in Africa network. She is committed to ensuring that the University of Glasgow utilises its diverse resources and influence to be a positive influence on our collective response to the climate crisis.

Stewart Miller

Dr Stewart Miller

Stewart Miller is Sustainability Officer for the University of Glasgow, based within Estates and Commercial Services. He works with a variety of colleagues from across University Services and beyond to develop strategy and policy relating to carbon management, waste management, biodiversity, travel and transport, construction, sustainable food, sustainable procurement, and climate change adaptation. He recently supported the Sustainability Working Group to develop a new climate change strategy for the University, works closely with our student GUEST team, and sits on the University’s Community Engagement Group.

Neil Metcalfe

 

Neil Metcalfe is based in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine in MVLS. His research focusses on the ecology, physiology and behaviour of vertebrate animals, principally fish and birds; a major interest is in the factors influencing variation in the performance of wild salmon. He is a member of his Institute’s Sustainability Steering Group, which aims to promote sustainability within his part of the University. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Scottish Natural Heritage and on the Board of the Clyde River Foundation; he’s also a keen gardener and birdwatcher, and does bat, butterfly and bird surveys in his local patch.

Gioia Falcone

 

Gioia Falcone is Rankine Chair of Energy Engineering and Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Group in the James Watt School of Engineering. Her research focuses on low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions, including the definition of whole system pathways toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by 2050. She is Vice-Chairperson of the Bureau of the Expert Group on Resource Classification of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Member of the UNECE’s Carbon Neutrality Framework Team. She serves on the Directorate of the Scottish Carbon Capture and Sequestration consortium and on the Board of Directors of the International Geothermal Association.

Rhys Williams

Dr Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams is Lecturer in Energy & Environmental Humanities in the School of Critical Studies. He works on the intersection between fantasy and narrative on the one hand, and energy, ecology, and infrastructure on the other. He is a member of the Petrocultures Research Group, the After Oil Research Group, and the Grierson Research Group. He organises the Energy and Ecology Group at UofG.

Deirdre Shaw

 

Deirdre Shaw is Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research in the Adam Smith Business School. She is an expert in consumption ethics. Her work focuses on consumer research with a specific focus on understanding and mobilising more sustainable behaviours. It is positioned within a multiple stakeholder context, recognising the importance of collaboration and action across multiple stakeholders to support sustainable actions.

 

Petra Meier is an expert in public health policy, with a focus on the social, political and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing. She is interested in exploring how systems science approaches can help us “multi-solve” key health, social, economic and environmental challenges, that is, to maximise the co-benefits of policy actions across different goals as well as avoiding unintended negative consequences. She is the Director of the Systems Science in Public Health and Health Economics Research (SIPHER) Consortium and leads a new systems science programme at the .

Álvaro Pérez Guardiola

Álvaro Pérez Guardiola is the 2020-2021 Environmental Officer within the UofG Students’ Representative Council, as well as an activist and signatory of the Earth Protectors Trust Fund. He was involved in the campaign for the declaration of a climate and ecological emergency from the University and the Scottish Government, and he led the campaign to switch University computers to the carbon-negative search engine Ecosia. He is currently working with the UofG Green New Deal Coalition and GUEST to organise University-wide climate assemblies, where students and staff will determine the necessary policy changes for the University to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 in the spirit of social justice. His main interests within sustainability are alternative economies, green urban and social policy, land rights, and food sovereignty.

Sarah Currier

Coordinator

Sarah Currier

Sarah Currier is an experienced manager of university research projects and centres. She came to this role in March 2020, having previously contributed, as Centre Manager, to the great successes of the University of Glasgow's own Urban Big Data Centre, a multi-disciplinary initiative with a strong strand of research and impact on sustainability for urban life. Her background in librarianship, educational resource management, and open educational resources has given her a wide range of experience suited to making things happen for the good of people and the planet.

Sustainable Laboratories Project Team

Viktors Malovs

Viktor Malovs is one of two Technicians on the Centre's Sustainable Labs project, based in the College of Science and Engineering. Viktor is an advocate of sustainability and renewable energy with a background in future smart energy system development, and particular expertise in designing 360° virtual environments. His work on the project concentrates on promoting the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) and creating e-learning resources, including virtual lab tours, promoting sustainability and efficiency of laboratories for UofG staff and students.

Dr Rory Porteous

Rory Porteous is one of two Technicians on the Centre's Sustainable Labs project, based in the College of Science and Engineering. Rory studied biology at the University of Dundee and completed a PhD in Earth Science at UofG researching the preservation of biomarkers in Martian analogues. He has a passion for furthering sustainable lab practice having worked in multiple labs and seeing just how much waste they can produce. His work focuses on helping laboratories within the University to achieve more sustainable practice to mitigate the negative environmental effects laboratories can have. He works closely with GUEST, Estates and the Centre for Sustainable Solutions to implement the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) in participating laboratories around the University.