School of Social and Political Science

SPS energy expert highlights Scottish research ahead of COP 26


Dr Kirsten Jenkins, whose work focuses on how energy transitions affect society and create issues of injustice, has joined Scotland’s leading climate researchers in a series of expert interviews by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The video interviews highlight Scottish research ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow.

In the lead up to COP26, the RSE is giving an insight into Scottish research and science, and its contribution to understanding and tackling climate change. The interviews include a broad range of researchers and practitioners in Scotland whose work relates to the Earth’s climate.

In her video, Dr Jenkins, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS), talks about what climate change means to her. She covers Scotland's contributions and challenges in the field, and what needs to happen next.

Dr Jenkins is based in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies department at SPS. Her work focuses on energy, and she is currently involved in research on socially inclusive low-carbon emissions.

The whole video series can be found on the Royal Society of Edinburgh's YouTube channel, here.

Dr Jenkins said: “I can increasingly see that we need to make more rapid progress and in that, I am particularly mindful of there being both winners and losers. I, through my work, pay particular attention to the unequal impact of climate change and the potential inequality, not necessarily of climate change itself, but even in some of our potential solutions.”

Watch Dr Jenkins’ interview here:

These interviews are being produced in collaboration between the RSE, the Scottish Science Advisory Council and Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society.

COP 26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties COP26 in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. 

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Find out more about COP 26.

Royal Society of Edinburgh interviews

Watch all of the RSE interviews on YouTube.