Dr Jen Roberts

Chancellor'S Fellowships

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 the social and environmental risk of geological resources – often relating to energy. I use my technical background in geology to tackle interdisciplinary questions relevant across geoscience, environmental science, environmental psychology, environmental engineering and political science. These questions relate to the perception, assessment and communication of risks relating to low-carbon energy technologies, which, for many, the subsurface plays a vital role. These risks vary from the very specific or technical-facing, to broad and societal-facing, and the range of risks and impacts and decision-making processes in-between. Ultimately my work aims to inform how the necessary transition to a net zero carbon future can be implemented in a way that is acceptable to society and to the environment.

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

I am engaged with Strathclyde's Energy 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. 


CSIRO In-Situ Lab : a multi-pronged approach to surface gas and groundwater monitoring at geological CO2 storage sites
Myers Matthew, White Cameron, Pejcic Bobby, Feitz Andrew, Roberts Jennifer, Oh Yun-Yeong, Xu Liaing, Ricard Ludovic, Michael Karsten, Avijegon Arsham, Rachakonda Praveen Kumar, Woltering Martijn, Larcher Alf, Stalker Linda, Hortle Allison
Chemical Geology Vol 545 (2020)
A controlled CO2 release experiment in a fault zone at the in-situ laboratory in Western Australia
Michael Karsten, Avijegon Arsham, Ricard Ludovic, Myers Matt, Tertyshnikov Konstantin, Pevzner Roman, Strand Julian, Hortle Allison, Stalker Linda, Pervukhina Marina, Harris Brett, Feitz Andrew, Pejcic Bobby, Larcher Alf, Rachakonda Praveen, Freifeld Barry, Woitt Mark, Langhi Laurent, Dance Tess, Myers Jo, Roberts Jennifer, Saygin Erdinc, White Cameron, Seyyedi Mojtaba
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control Vol 99 (2020)
Research Brief : Carbon Intensity of Low-Enthalpy Geothermal Heat
McCay Alistair, Roberts Jen, Feliks Michael
Experts and evidence in deliberation : scrutinising the role of witnesses and evidence in mini-publics, a case study
Roberts Jennifer J, Lightbody Ruth, Low Ragne, Elstub Stephen
Policy Sciences Vol 53, pp. 3-32 (2020)
Experts : the politics of evidence and expertise in democratic innovation
Lightbody Ruth, Roberts Jennifer J
Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance (2019) (2019)
Low-carbon GeoEnergy resource options in the Midland Valley of Scotland, UK
Heinemann N, Alcalde J, Johnson G, Roberts JJ, McCay AT, Booth MG
Scottish Journal of Geology Vol 55, pp. 93-106 (2019)

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Professional activities

Pressure, Faults & CO2 Leakage: Learning from onshore analogues
Invited speaker
Fracking Bad Language
UKUH Integration Event 2 on "the role of UK onshore gas in delivering net zero"
15th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (Event)
Peer reviewer
Invited Talk: Environmental and public health impacts of subsurface energy resources
Getting papers from my PhD across the line

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Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP) Centre for Doctoral Training: Quantifying the risks and impacts of climate change on water resources in Scotland.
Peters, Joshua (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator)
This is an exciting opportunity to engage in international research to reduce risks of climate change on water resources. The studentship will be developing innovative decision-making techniques as well as identifying potential policy interventions to enhance actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, or to reduce the impacts of climate change.
The architecture and fluid flow properties of shallow fault systems and their implications for geoenergy engineering
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Co-investigator) McMahon, Christopher (Researcher)
This PhD project seeks to further understanding of fluid flow in the shallow subsurface, and particularly around fault zones, with the aim to reduce risks of geological engineering such as CO2 or hydrogen storage and to inform environmental monitoring. The project involves partners at CSIRO and Geoscience Australia.
Towards more Earthquake-resilient Urban Societies through a Multi-sensor-based Information System enabling Earthquake Forecasting, Early Warning and Rapid Response Systems (TURNKEY)
Douglas, John (Principal Investigator) Perry, Marcus (Co-investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Tubaldi, Enrico (Co-investigator) Zonta, Daniele (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
In Situ Lab CO2 injection project
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Michael, Karsten (Principal Investigator)
Assisted the surface monitoring protocol at the In Situ Lab CO2 injection project, a world-first CO2 injection field experiment in SW Australia.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Sir David Anderson Bequest Award to visit National Geosequestration Laboratory
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Stalker, Linda (Principal Investigator) Myers, Matthew (Co-investigator)
Sir David Anderson Bequest Award is a competitive internal award to be used in the field of Science and Engineering by either (a) inviting distinguished
persons from institutions in Europe or America to visit the University to take an active part in teaching and/or research or (b) to send University staff abroad to acquire knowledge which might not be available in this country.
I secured funding to visit the National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) – a partnership between Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Western Australia and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. NGL was awarded $48.4m (£26m) capital equipment funding in 2012 to develop a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to carbon storage research.
The bequest award funded a two month research visit in which I was based at the Australian Resources Research Centre, amongst CSIRO and NGL colleagues. My visit primarily aimed to pursue collaborative research on monitoring for CO2 leakage from geological carbon stores. This was to build on our existing collaborative work.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
UK CCSRC ICR Jen Roberts
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator)
£15,061 award from the UKCCSRC International Research Collaboration (IRC) Fund to support a 3+ month research secondment in Australia.
My visit was hosted by Dr Linda Stalker, Science Director of Australia’s National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) in Perth, and Dr Andrew Feitz, Section leader for CO2CRC and International CCS at Geoscience Australia. The research focussed on facilitating knowledge exchange on methods of quantifying CO2 leakage.
20-Jan-2017 - 20-Jan-2017

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