Our Vision & Values
Foresight Transitions is looking at new ways in which energy futures can be characteristed within a resource availability framework. This involves scanning for technological advances, novel business models which might be manifest and assessing new consumer energy service value propositions in different possible futures.
We are is focused on addressing humanity’s grand challenges with particular specialisation in:
- Energy innovation and transitions
- Rebalancing the carbon cycle (negative emissions)
- Environmental and climate change
- Strategic Foresight
- Decision making under Deep Uncertainty
- Science communication—especially around climate change
Meet the Team
Dr Mark Workman, Director at Foresight Transitions, is a Coastal Engineer (University of Southampton), Military (Queens Gurkha Engineers) and Business Leader (Medical and Security Consultancy), Environmental Economist, Academic (Imperial College London) and Strategist by training.
He has undertaken military tours (gaining two awards for leadership), led extreme and high risk expeditions all over the world (see video below), and run multi-million dollar business units. His experience can be found on his LinkedIn profile.
Richard Heap, Project Leader, is an experienced analyst managing projects across a range of technical and cross-cutting aspects. He has degrees from Imperial College, Environmental Technology (MSc) and Biology (BSc).
After selling his recycling business, which he set up and ran for 10 years, he moved into science policy, leading the Climate Change, Energy & Environment team at the Royal Society, producing influential reports on Biofuels, Ocean Acidification, Radioactive Waste Management and initiating the work on Geoengineering. At the Energy Research Partnership he focussed on energy issues including a highly regarded report on Hydrogen, CO2-EOR, the Heat Transition and Public Engagement, which explored the need for strategic narratives.
His current focus is on the application of futures techniques combined with the use of public and stakeholder engagement to help inform decision-making and policy and regulatory development both at a system level and bottom-up from a local and regional level.
Francesca Battersby holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University, and is a recent graduate of the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London. She has conducted extensive research into greenhouse gas removal, from both a natural and social science discipline. Her MSc thesis investigated the salient governance aspects surrounding GGR in relation to the UK’s net-zero target, and involved networking with a number of subject experts and stakeholders.
Francesca is currently awaiting publication of a joint piece investigating procedural justice in relation to GGR. During her time at the Carbon Trust, she helped to enhance the company’s GGR knowledge base, and developed material on the net-zero target and on direct air capture.
Dr Ajay Gambhir
Dr Ajay Gambhir is an Advanced Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, where he has worked since 2010.
He focuses on a variety of aspects of low-carbon transitions, including using integrated assessment models, surveying experts about future technologies and their costs, and considering how the transition can be just and equitable. He has been working on climate change mitigation for 13 years, including in the UK government, where in 2006–7 he helped draft the UK Climate Change Bill, which became an Act of Parliament in 2008 as the world’s first national, legally-binding climate change legislation. He was also the Team Leader in EU and International Climate Change Economics in the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10.
He has a PhD in Energy Economics from Imperial College London, an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London, and an MA/MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
You can find an overview of the work we have done, as well as many donwloadable research papers and links on the following pages:
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