The Low Carbon Energy and Environment Research Network is a multidisciplinary research initiative representing academics from across Wales.

Our mission is to support Wales’ world-leading research in low carbon energy, nature-based solutions to environmental challenges, the bioeconomy, and sustainable food production. We aim to enhance and build on the excellent research capability in Wales, and to increase competitive research funding secured in Wales. Our vision is of world-leading research strength, contributing innovation internationally and economic strength domestically.


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About the Network

The network is supported by Sêr Cymru and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government. The first phase of the network ran from 2013 to 2019 and help to leverage over £33 million of research investment and supporting 56 projects. The second phase is now underway, and seeks to build upon the original scope.

Read the Full Phase 1 Report

The Low Carbon Energy and Environment Research Network Wales is a pan-Wales research initiative supporting Wales’ world-leading research in low carbon energy, nature-based solutions to environmental challenges, the bioeconomy, and sustainable food production. We aim to enhance and build upon the excellent research capability in Wales, attract further leading research, and to increase the competitive funding secured in Wales. This growth in innovation and research will allow Wales to export its expertise across the UK and internationally, whilst generating economic benefits at home. The network will catalyse researchers within Wales acting both as an advocate and voice for their science, providing a focus to increase funding, impact and uptake of their research. 


Management Team

Prof Julia P G Jones

Julia is a conservation scientist interested in conservation impact evaluation and the impacts of conservation interventions, including agri-environment schemes, payments for ecosystem services, community forest management, protected areas and biodiversity offsets. Julia has a particular focus on the social dimensions of conservation and greatly enjoys working with people, methods and approaches from across disciplinary divides.


Rhys Bowley

Rhys is an engineer with experience defining global strategies for hundreds of millions of dollars of cross-industry platforms covering academic research in the areas of 5G, automotive, aerospace, defense, and energy. As a keen events networker and public speaker, Rhys has worked to both create and present keynote presentations to audiences as large as 4000 fellow engineers and scientists at international conferences around the world.


Project Officer
Dr William Perry

William is a molecular ecologist working closely at the interface between cutting-edge molecular techniques and evidence-based system management, with a particular interest in aquaculture, microbiomes and environmental DNA. William is passionate about Welsh research, facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations and networking, thriving on the promotion of great research and the researchers behind it.


Steering Group

Prof Alan Guwy, University of South Wales

Claire Hobbs, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Prof Iain Donnison, Aberystwyth University

Prof Ian Masters, Swansea University

Prof Michael Bruford, Cardiff University

Prof Richard Lucas, Aberystwyth University

Dr Kath Davies, National Museum Wales

Prof Chris Evans, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology



Don’t hesitate to reach out with the contact information below:

College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Bangor University



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