Dr Laura de Vito

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  • Qualifications:BSc, 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

About me


Laura has extensive experience working in EU environmental politics, policy and practice at local, national, EU level. 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 is she now working as a Senior Research Fellow. In this role she is contributing to the NERC-MRC CADTIME project, researching mitigation for air pollution in Delhi and she will be also working on other projects at the AQMRC, fore example the project HOMES under the microscopes, a citizen science project on airborne microplastics.

Currently, she is working on a number of projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation. She is working on a the CCC-CATAPULT project exploring young people's climate anxieties and perceptions, leading on the Policy Integration Work Package. She also worked with South Gloucestershire City Council exploring barriers to behaviour change with a focus on energy efficiency in homes and active travel. 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.

Before being employed by the AQMRC, she worked on a project on the contribution of green infrastructure to urban resilience at the International Water Security Network at UWE.

Her research 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 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.

While completing her PhD, Laura undertook numerous roles teaching and supervising of Master's students at the Geography department at the University of Bristol. She contributed to the work of a team of researchers at the University of Exeter for the delivery of the FP7 BASE project on adaptation to climate change and climate policy integration. She also took part in the Research without Borders programme for public engagement with research at the University of Bristol.

Alongside her academic background, Laura has also 4 years' experience working as a country-risk freelance analyst and she held other officer roles in Italy, Brussels and in the UK.


Area of expertise

Public policy and political sciences; environmental policy


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