SPERI Doctoral Researcher, Kaisa Pietilä, will be joining leading academics from the University of Sheffield in attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech from 12-18 November 2016.
Kaisa is part of the 2016 Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures PhD cohort which aims to build a global community of sustainability leaders of tomorrow.
Kaisa’s research focuses on sustainable resource use and its implications for economic growth, looking at whether it is possible to envisage environmentally sustainable growth.
Last year’s conference in Paris led to a historic deal to prevent global temperatures rising more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. In response, COP22 will focus on the actions needed to achieve the priorities of the Paris Agreement, encouraging countries to commit to a low-carbon economy.
Aside from climate change, projections show that by 2050 the demand for food and energy will double and the need for clean water will increase by more than 50 per cent. The global population is expected to reach 10 billion. Researchers from the University’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and Energy 2050 institute will share their expertise on food security and sustainable energy with leaders and delegates from across the world at the COP in Marrakech.