On 23rd October 2023 THINK convened a seminar about public transport adaptation to climate change and extreme weather events in the UK – you can watch it back via our YouTube channel.
The seminar invited three speakers from across academia, policy and practice to share their work. Their slides are available to download from the website.
1. The impact of our changing climate on urban areas
Dr Emma Ferranti undertakes interdisciplinary research at the intersection of infrastructure, the built environment and green infrastructure. She currently holds an EPSRC Fellowship examining how Nature Based Solutions can deliver infrastructure resilience to extreme weather and climate change. Emma also leads and contributes to a range of projects in the fields of transport, infrastructure resilience, climate adaptation, air quality, and green infrastructure in the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. She was previously a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow facilitating knowledge transfer at the intersection of green infrastructure and air quality. An advocate for trees in the urban environment, Emma co-facilitates the national Trees and Design Action Group network, co-organising the online Seminar Series, and co-developing evidence-based resources for built environment practitioners. https://research.birmingham.ac.uk/en/persons/emma-ferranti/publications/
2. How the impacts of climate change on transport have implications for the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Wales.
Nerys Edmonds is A Principal Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Officer at the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) in Public Health Wales. Nerys has been involved in leading a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment on the impacts of climate change on health, wellbeing and health inequalities in Wales.
3. Climate resilience and adaptation at Transport for Wales
Aleka Toogood is the Climate Resilience and Adaptation Lead for Transport for Wales, where she leads the delivery of TfW’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan and oversees climate risk and resilience. Aleka has been working in the transport sector for more than 10 years and has spent the last four years focusing on environmental issues and climate change. She chairs the TfW’s Climate Change Adaptation working group and keeps TfW informed about Welsh and UK policies relating to climate change. Aleka is passionate about building resilience in Wales, focusing on solutions that will provide socio-economic co-benefits and keep communities connected.