Dr Jennifer Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Chancellor’s Fellow in Energy at the University of Strathclyde, which is a research-facing Lectureship post. 

My research is interdisciplinary and applied, and addresses socio-technical transitions - often relating to geological resources, energy, water or integrated systems. Ultimately my work aims to inform a sustainable transition to net zero carbon future. 

In addition to growing and developing my field through research and knowledge exchange, I am the MRes Director for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering MRes programmes and I also teach on sustianble development for several undergraduate and masters courses. I deliver CPD and consultancy on citizens juries, decarbonising energy, life cycle impact assessment and design, environmental and social impact assessment, ethnography, mixed methods, and facilitation. 

I am engaged with Strathclyde's Energy strategic theme and Society and Policy strategic theme, and am a co-founder of Strathclyde's new Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP) Centre for Doctoral Training. 

Prizes and awards

Engineers without Borders Champion
Images of Research 2021 - Shortlist
Nominated: Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards 2020
Images of Strathclyde Category Winner: Measurement Science and Enabling Technologies
Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Award - Energy, Infrastructure and Society
Scottish Energy Researcher of the Year 2015: Energy Infrastructure & Society category

More prizes and awards


Natural hydrogen seeps as analogues to inform monitoring of engineered geological hydrogen storage
McMahon Christopher J, Roberts Jennifer J, Johnson Gareth, Edlmann Katriona, Flude Stephanie, Shipton Zoe K
Geological Society Special Publication Vol 528 (2022)
Communicating leakage risk in the hydrogen economy : lessons already learned from geoenergy industries
Stalker Linda, Roberts Jennifer J, Mabon Leslie, Hartley Patrick G
Frontiers in Energy Research Vol 10, pp. 869264 (2022)
Community matters : sustainable transition of systems of water provision
Major Laura, Roberts Jen, Ford Rebecca
Corrigendum : Integrating artificial urban wetlands into communities: a pathway to carbon zero?
Rogerson Robert J, Horgan Donagh, Roberts Jennifer J
Frontiers in Built Environment Vol 8 (2022)
The Installer Skills Gap in the UK Heat Pump Sector and the Impacts on a Just Transition to Net-Zero
Branford Zoe, Roberts Jennifer
Could - and Should - Scotland Sell Carbon Credits in International Markets?
Cowie Lewis, Roberts Jen

More publications

Professional activities

Assessing the Value of Information in Site-Response Analysis
Mind the gap! Understanding the ‘skills ecosystem’ for subsurface Net Zero technologies
Invited speaker
Strathclyde team runners up in Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge
UKCCSRC Web Event Series
Supporting talent and knowledge exchange for CCS deployment
UKCCSRC Early Career Researcher Away Day

More professional activities


Effects of climate change on minewater geothermal prospects: An assessment of minewater resource climate resilience and implications for decarbonising heating and cooling
Burnside, Neil (Principal Investigator) McGrane, Scott (Co-investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2026
Carbon Offsetting and Communities: co-developing alternative place-based voluntary offsets in Scotland (£19,860)
Hannon, Matthew (Principal Investigator) COMBE, Malcolm (Co-investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Davidson, Magnus (Co-investigator) Anderson, Roxanne (Co-investigator) Haggett, Claire (Co-investigator)
Voluntary carbon markets (VCMs) offer a means of offsetting carbon emissions, by funding projects that deliver equivalent carbon emissions reductions elsewhere. These are commonly natural capital “removal” offsets that sequester carbon, such as afforestation or peatland restoration project.

The sector is growing very quickly and the recent adoption of Article 6 at COP26 delivered a rulebook for carbon offsetting, which is likely to further accelerate this marketplace. Scotland has already seen major natural capital investments led by institutional investors, corporations and charitable trust, who are often referred to – albeit controversially - as “Green Lairds”. High profile examples include investments from BrewDog, Shell and Aviva. Despite its growing popularity, it is unclear whether VCM projects have provided Scottish communities with much direct benefit or control.

To address this, this Scottish Universities Insight Institute funded project will deliver a series of events between researchers and practitioners that explore how VCMs are impacting Scottish communities and how they could be re-designed to maximize place-based, community benefits. The project will improve our understanding of the:

1. Distribution, scale and nature of current natural capital VCMs in Scotland;
2. Impact natural capital VCMs are having on communities;
3. Alternative VCM designs to deliver place-based community benefit and social justice;
4. Routes to co-develop and implement new VCMs in partnership with communities; and
5. Policy, legal and market conditions necessary for their adoption.

The project aims to initiate an informed, evidence-based national discussion about how best to design and implement carbon offsets, in a way that supports a net-zero, Just Transition.
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2023
The Skills Ecosystem for Subsurface Net Zero Technologies and Principles for a Just Tansition (RSE SAPHIRE 2021
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
AI and blockchain for construction, mining and infrastructure companies - Hypervine / Data Lab
Roper, Marc (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Investigating representation amongst evidence-givers in participatory decision-making for environmental solutions
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Reher, Stefanie (Co-investigator) Reggiani, Marco (Researcher) Salamon, Hannah (Researcher) Lightbody, Ruth (Co-investigator)
Applicants represent a mixture across career stages (PhD student/Research Assistant, Research Associate, Chancellor’s Fellow, Senior Lecturer) and disciplines (including politics, gender and sexuality studies, engineering, environmental science). The ‘rapid response’ DH activity will bring the team together in new collaborative research on equity and representation amongst evidence-givers in the recent wave of participatory decision-making approaches intended to inform environmental solutions and climate action, including Citizens’ Assemblies. Through DH we will share knowledge, approaches, and theories, and gather and analyse data to generate initial research insights which will form a working paper and pump-prime a research proposal intended for NERC-ESRC funding.
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
VIP4SD: Building Pandemic Resilience (£10K)
Perry, Marcus (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Morse, Tracy (Co-investigator) Vlachakis, Christos (Research Co-investigator)
This VIP4SD project will develop methods of using Indoor Environmental Quality metrics to rapidly inform best practice for managing and designing buildings to enhance the health and wellbeing of occupants, initially by informing short- and long- term COVID-19 disaster responses.

More projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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