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Dr Zoe M Harris

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Group Leader

Dr Zoe M Harris leads the Bioenergy, Land Use and Agri-Innovation Group.

Zoe is a Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability and a NERC Industrial Innovation Research Fellow. Zoe’s core research focuses on how we can use land to provide food and energy provisions whilst minimising environmental impacts. She is currently assessing the feasibility of vertical farming and the potential is has to support the deployment of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS).


Zoe also has interests in the role of gender in the energy sector and is founder of the IVUGER network, which aims to support women and BAME women in UK energy research.


Zoe is the National Task Lead for the UK for Task 45 of IEA Bioenergy. In this role she represents the UK research landscape and develops collaborative research for “Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the broader Bioeconomy”.


Zoe is a keen science communicator and professionally trained actor. She uses her theatre training to deliver workshops on how scientists can better communicate their research.


Prior to joining CES, Zoe was a Research Fellow, and Research Associate, at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. She has worked in DEFRA as a Science Officer assessing GHG mitigation options for agriculture, and in BEIS and DfT as a Policy Adviser on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). Zoe completed her PhD and BSc Biology at the University of Southampton.

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