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 helped to leverage over £33 million of research investment that supported 56 projects. The second phase is now underway, and seeks to build upon the original scope.

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.

Delyth Jones-Williams

Delyth is an experienced administrator having worked in Local Government, Health Services and Education settings. She has in the last few years completed both Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management and MSc in Business and Finance she is currently studying for her MBA in Management. She has an eye for detail, enjoys working with data, creating visuals for reports and being organised.

Steering Group

Prof Sandra Esteves, University of South Wales

Prof Iain Donnison, Aberystwyth University

Prof Ian Masters, Swansea University

Prof Michael Bruford, Cardiff University

Prof Richard Lucas, Aberystwyth University

Dr Rob Elias, Bangor University

Dr Jennifer Geroni, National Museum Wales

Prof Chris Evans, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Prof Luca Borger, Swansea University

Chris Hale, Welsh Government

Partner Organisations

The Low Carbon Energy and Environment Research Network Wales is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.