PSI seminar, 8 September:
energy, growth and the environment


room M214, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Professor John Barrett

John Barrett, Professor of Sustainability Research at the University of Leeds, will be coming to Marylebone campus to talk about his latest work, modelling the interaction between energy, economic growth and environment.

Professor Barrett’s research has involved the building of global trade models to understand the embedded carbon emissions in goods and services and estimating the upstream carbon emissions from emerging energy technologies. The techniques that Professor Barrett developed as part of his research are now used by numerous government departments to understand the consumer emissions of the UK as well as the carbon emissions embedded in products. His research is predominantly funded by the UK government (Defra) and the UK Energy Research Centre. His research interests include sustainable consumption and production (SCP) modelling, carbon accounting and exploring the transition to a low carbon pathway. He has an extensive knowledge of the use of Multi-Regional Environmental Input-Output modelling to understand the effectiveness of strategies and policies to deliver a low-carbon economy.

Professor Barrett has been selected as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment for Working Group III. He has appeared regularly on Radio 4 news and discussion programmes, written numerous policy reports on sustainable consumption and production issues for a wide range of audiences.

Please email Ben Fagan-Watson ( to register your attendance. A sandwich lunch will be provided.