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. 


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)
Life cycle assessment of the carbon intensity of deep geothermal heat systems : a case study from Scotland
McCay Alistair T, Feliks Michael EJ, Roberts Jennifer J
Science of the Total Environment Vol 685, pp. 208-219 (2019)
Communicating leakage risk in the hydrogen economy : lessons already learned from geoenergy industries
Hartley Patrick G, Stalker Linda, Roberts Jennifer, Mabon Leslie
8th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 2019) (2019)
Fault Fictions : cognitive biases in the conceptualization of fault zones
Shipton Z K, Roberts J J, Comrie E L, Kremer Y, Lunn R J, Caine J S
Geological Society Special Publications (2019)
Resourcing a sustainable future
Roberts Jennifer, Lacchia Anthea
Geoscientist Vol 29, pp. 24-25 (2019)
Structural controls on the location and distribution of CO2 emission at a natural CO2 spring in Daylesford, Australia
Roberts Jennifer J, Leplastrier Aero, Feitz Andrew J, Shipton Zoe K, Bell Andrew F, Karolyte Rūta
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control Vol 84, pp. 36-46 (2019)

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Professional activities

Invited Talk: Environmental and public health impacts of subsurface energy resources
Getting papers from my PhD across the line
I forgot to tell anyone about my work
Fault zones and fluid flow: what we know from natural CO2 analogues
Fault zones and fluid flow: what we know from natural CO2 analogues
University of Calgary
Visiting researcher

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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
Early Career Researcher International Travel Fund
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator)
Awarded £4,500 to fund a secondment to National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) in Perth, Australia. During this secondment, I participated as an expert mentor for the IEAGHG Summer School, assisted fieldwork, and collaborated with Dr Linda Stalker on chemical tracers for offshore CCS projects and issues around quantifying CO2 leakage.
28-Jan-2015 - 19-Jan-2016
The role of expert witnesses in mini-publics: exploring perspectives on the experience and the evidence in deliberative engagement, and how this compares to other citizen forums
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Lightbody, Ruth (Academic)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2017

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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