Address: Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Country: UK
City: Bristol

Background and Experience

The University of Bristol Cabot Institute The Cabot Institute, the University of Bristol’s first flagship cross disciplinary research institute, conducts world-leading research on the challenges arising from how we live with, depend on and affect our planet. It is rooted in a recognition of social and environmental challenges but inspired by the spirit of exploration, innovation and disruption. The Institute’s main themes focus on the six major issues at the centre of the human-planetary relationship: global environmental change, food, water and energy security, natural hazards and future cities and communities. Each of these Themes comprises dozens of academics from disciplines spanning the entire university and partners from government, industry, civil organisations and the public. Within each Theme we harness world-leading strength in risk and uncertainty assessment, modelling and big data analysis, and expertise in knowledge co-production, security and governance. Crucially, the Cabot Institute brings these Themes – each vibrant in its own right – together. These are strongly interconnected challenges; and interconnected challenges require integrated solutions. Of direct relevance to this proposal is the coastal and open marine-facing expertise in the Global Change Theme, including those interested in maritime law (M Pierracini); cultural and literary perspectives of the sea (L Publicover, T Bascoe); marine biogeochemistry and ecology (F Monteiro, D Schmidt, E Hendy, K Hendry, R Pancost, M Genner); and ocean circulation, past, present and future (L Robinson, R Bingham, P Valdes, D Lunt). The nature of the Global Change Theme and the Cabot Institute means that this expertise is supplemented, for example, by those who explore land-water-ocean interactions, glacial-marine interactions, and coastal flood risk.