Dr Laura de Vito

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  • Qualifications:BSc, MA, MSc, PhD
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow: Air Quality Management Resource Centre
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 85011
  • Email:Laura.Devito@uwe.ac.uk
  • Social media: LinkedIn logo Twitter logo

About me


Laura is a researcher working at the policy-academia interface on sustainable development governance and environmental policy. Since 2017 she has been employed in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, where she is now working as a Senior Research Fellow. Her academic background is in Public Policy and Environmental Policy, in which she has two Masters' (at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, & at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences). In 2017, Laura completed a PhD at the University of Bristol (Geography department). Her PhD research addressed the complexities of implementing the EU's Water Framework Directive and her thesis was nominated for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law prize for outstanding excellence in a doctoral thesis.

Selected past and current research projects

ESRC Policy Fellowship – Welsh Government Sustainable Futures (Feb 2022-Aug 2023): exploring the role of strategic foresight in sustainable development governance (lead researcher)

JPI-ESRC CCC-CATAPULT (2020-2023) (leading the policy integration work package) explores young people's climate anxieties and perceptions and intergenerational fairness issues  

UKRI Homes under the microscope (2021-2023) (co-leading the policy development work package): a citizen-science project exploring airborne microplastics in homes and co-developing better practice and exploring potential policy solutions.

Local Government Association (LGA) – Net Zero Innovation Programme (2021) in partnership with South Gloucestershire council for the development of a local carbon communication strategy and toolkit 

The NERC-MRC Clean Air for Delhi through Intervention Mitigation and Engagement (CADTIME) project (2017-2021) looked at long-term policy solutions to air pollution in Delhi, India (contributed to baseline and policy development work packages).

Advisory roles

She is member of the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change and of the Scottish Government Working Group on Public Engagement and Clean Air for Scotland.

Social media links

Laura De Vito (@DrLauraDeVito) / Twitter

Laura De Vito | LinkedIn

Laura De Vito (researchgate.net)

‪Laura De Vito‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬


Area of expertise

Academic background: Political Sciences (Public Policy and Public Administration) 

Research themes: environmental and climate change policy; sustainable development governance.

Research methods: mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative), comparartive research and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA); foresight methodologies


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