Cambridge Zero Policy Forum

The Cambridge Zero Policy Forum is a multidisciplinary community of academics contributing evidence and expertise to public policies for the transition to a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient net zero society.

The Forum is led by Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero and Dr Rob Doubleday, CSaP's Executive Director. The secretariat to the Policy Forum is provided by CSaP and the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement.


Policy Forum - people


Forum members are a multidisciplinary community of academics contributing evidence and expertise to public policies for the transition to a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient net zero society.


Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of the Cambridge Zero initiative and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey. She leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER).


Dr Rob Doubleday has been Executive Director of CSaP since September 2012. His research interests include the role of science, evidence and expertise in contemporary societies, in particular the relationship between scientific advice, public policy and democracy. His research develops collaborative methods of working with scientists and engineers on the public policy dimensions of their research.


Dr Ethan Aines is a Policy Assistant at the Centre for Science and Policy and Cambridge Zero. His work includes liaison with Cambridge City Council on their policies to tackle the climate crisis and researching regional climate risk, at Cambridge Zero, for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate.


Alasdair Neilson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and was on placement (2020) at the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum. His research focuses on unpacking afforestation targets, primarily for carbon sequestration, in East Africa, looking at the disjuncture between policy targets and project implementation. Before starting at Cambridge, Alasdair worked on marine policy legislation at the UK and EU level with Fidra and Fauna and Flora International.


Lauren Milden is a Policy Adviser at the Centre for Science and Policy and at Cambridge Zero. Lauren previously spent three years as the Policy Coordinator at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, where she initially led the Public Health: Research into Policy pilot.


David MacKay Research Associates 2021


Darwin College and Cambridge Zero David MacKay Research Associates have the opportunity to engage with and benefit from the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum.

Dr Angie Burnett is a Research Associate at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. Angie is passionate about food security and is particularly interested in how crop plants respond to different stresses. Her current work focuses on understanding the response of maize plants to high light and cold temperature stresses, and the gentic basis for stress tolerance, so that breeders can produce plants which are better able to withstand environmental stress.


Dr Luke Kemp is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge. He focuses on how we can foresee and govern global risks and emerging technologies. He has advised the Australian Parliament on ratifying the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and has a decade of experience in international negotiations. His research has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times, the BBC and the New Yorker.


Dr James Smith is Assistant Director of Public Health Studies in the Public Health Education Group in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health where he leads teaching for clinical medical students on global health and justice issues including on climate change and sustainable healthcare. He is the lead for the Planetary Health unit in the MPhil in Population Health Sciences (to begin in 2021-22).


How to get involved


Please email lauren.milden@csap.cam.ac.uk to learn more and to get involved. We welcome nominations and self-nominations to become members from senior academics across the University of Cambridge working in a relevant discipline.