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Dr Jo House


Career Summary

Current positions:

Sept 2016       Reader of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Bristol, Department of Geographical Sciences, Director of MSc in Cliamte Change Science and Poilicy, Research Lead for Cabot Ististute of the Environment (Environmental Change Theme)                  

Past positions:

    LUC4C EU Project 

2015 - 2016     Government Office for Science,  Head of Climate Advice,

                         (1 yr NERC secondment, 70% time)

2015 - 2016     Senior Research Fellow, Uni Exeter, Department of Geograpy (part time),

2015 - 2016     Lecturer, University of Bristol (part time)

2011 - 2015     Leverhulme Fellow, University of Bristol

Jan-Sep 2011   IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit,

                         PIK, Potsdam, Germany

2004 - 2011     Science and Policy Officer, NERC-QUEST Programme,

                         University of Bristol

1999 - 2004     Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry,

                         Jena, Germany

1996 - 1999     Research Scientist, King’s College London

1996                Visiting Scientist, NREL, Colorado State University, USA

1992 - 1996     Research Assistant, King’s College London

1991 - 1992     Visiting Scientist, King Mongkut’s Inst. for Science and Technol.,



Education and Academic Record

Jan 2011         PhD, Faculty of Science, Bristol University.

1988-1991      BSc (1st Hons) Human Environmental Science, Kings College,

                        Uni of London.


Evidence of Esteem/External Visibility

Co-Chair, Cabot: Global Change, Cabit Institute of the Environment, University of Bristol.

Member of the Scottish Government Strategic Advisory BoardFor Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS)(2019-present)

Committee Member of the Climate Change Special Interest Group at the Royal Meteorological Society (2018-present)

Head of Climate Advice, Government office for Sicence, UK Govenrment, senior secondment (2015-2016)

Lead Author on international scientific assessments: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - contributed to the last three Assessment Reports and to Working Group I Science, WG II Impacts, WG III Mitigation, also controbuted to the IPCC Greenhouse gas inventory good practice guidance methods. Currently Lead Author on three IPCC Reports - Special Report on Climate Change and Land, 2019 Inventory Refinement, 6th Assessment report; Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (convening lead author; Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (2016).

UK Committee on Climate Change: Scientific Advisory Board on Bioenergy 

Author of joint Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Greenhouse Gas removal (published Sept 2018)

Chair, Global Carbon Project Working Group on Land Use Change (2010 – 2017) International expert group of data providers and modellers including non-academic sectors, estimating global emissions from land use change for the Annual Carbon Budget, improving data and methods.

Chair, International Evaluation Committee for the ERA-NET Co-fund for Monitoring & Mitigation of Greenhouse gases (The ERA-GAS consortium consists of 20 international partners including EU countries and New Zealand)

Editorial board Member, Environmental Research Letters (from 2015 - 2017)