Dr Karen Barrass added to Northern Air Quality Conference line-up

We’re delighted to announce that, at short notice, we’ve added the estimable Dr Karen Barrass to our line-up of speakers at the Northern Air Quality Conference in Manchester on 19th March

Karen’s extensive experience lies in research and advocacy – developing insight and policy tools and leading campaigns to affect positive change. She founded Climate Insights in 2023 to provide bespoke in-depth research and policy analysis on today’s urgent environmental challenges. She previously led policy and research activities at UK100, where amongst other activities she developed the Clean Air Net Zero programme of work.

Prior to this, she spent four years advising European parliamentarians on climate, air quality and transport and working with communities across the South East. She has a long track record as an independent consultant, working with various international public and private organisations on transport and sustainability, including Urban Foresight, Global Action Plan and UN Habitat.

Karen’s doctorate from Oxford University explored the policy implementation processes necessary to decarbonise transport. Karen began her career at The Climate Group where she worked to establish the States and Regions Alliance – now the Under2 Coalition.

There are a few remaining places left should anyone wish to come along.

The full schedule for the event is as follows:

09:40 – 09:55 Opening remarks from Paul Day, Editor of AQN, and host, Beverley Nielsen

09:55 – 10:35 Andrew Whittles, Director of Air Quality Programmes, Bradford Council

10:35 – 11:15 Alice Handy & Dr. Rhys Archer, SAHME project

11:15 – 11:50 Refreshment break

11:50 – 12:35 Panel discussion

12:35 – 13:30 Lunch

13:35 – 14:15 Amber Titchener, Southampton City Council & Pablo Garcia, EarthSense

14:15 – 14:55 Roy M Harrison OBE, Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health, University of Birmingham

14:55 – 15:25 Refreshment break

15:25 – 16:10 Sarah Rowe, Greater Manchester campaigner, Clean Cities

16:10 – 16:50 Karen Barras, Founder of Climate Insights.




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