Professor James Longhurst

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), F.I.Env.Sc, FHEA, FWIGB, C.Env, C.Sci, HonFSE
  • Position:Assistant Vice-Chancellor : Environment & Sustainability
  • Telephone:+4411732 83692
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About me

Jim Longhurst is Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol.  He leads the university's sustainability agenda ensuring that sustainability considerations are present in the university's teaching, research, campus operations and civic engagement work. His 35 year research career has focussed on air and carbon management and urban sustainability.   He has produced over 225 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and edited 24 books.  His career research and consultancy income exceed £14 million. He has been a panellist and reviewer for NERC, EPSRC and ESRC and for research bodies in Germany, Portugal and South Africa.  On behalf of Portugal's FCT he chaired the   Global Changes Panel and the second stage Centre review. Since 2000 he has been the co-chair of the Annual Air Pollution Conference. He has advised national and international government departments, private companies and third sector bodies on air and carbon management. He cofounded the Institute of Air Quality Management. His biographical details were first included in Who's Who in 2004.

He has held senior roles including HoD, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, AD External Engagement and AD Research. He has served on most major committees of the university and led major reviews and initiatives including the Green Capital Strategy, the UWE Grand Challenge and a review and enhancement of the experience of disabled students. He chaired the HEA Education for Sustainable Development Advisory Group and the HEA /QAA Development Group which produced the UK reference point on education for sustainable development (ESD). He is a former chair of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences, the GEES Subject Centre Advisory Board, and the QAA Benchmarking Panel for Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies and of the GWR Sustainability Panel. He served as a Director of Society for the Environment and the Science Council.

His current national roles include Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, President of Environmental Protection UK, chair of the Board of Directors and Trustees for the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), co-chair of the QAA and Advance HE Advisory Group preparing the updated guidance on ESD for the HE sector and Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC.  He co-chairs Bristol's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, chairs the University Advisory Group supporting South Gloucestershire Council's climate action programme and on behalf of the EAUC serves on the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education.  

Area of expertise

Air Pollution
Carbon Management
Education for Sustainable Development
Learning and Teaching
Student Experience
Academic Regulations and Procedures
Curriculum  Development
Knowledge Exchange for Sustainability Education 
Sustainability, Health and Environment
Transforming Futures Climate Action and Sustainability Strategy

UWE Sustainability Board

Institution of Environmental Sciences

Bristol Green Capital Partnership




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