This page presents outputs from the work of four COP26 Fellowships that are funded by UKRI and were offered through PCAN. The Fellows are embedded in the work of the COP26 Universities Network.

Over the last 12 months, the Fellows have been working to support the objectives of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 through four unique projects. Their work has examined transparency in climate finance, youth participation, local energy justice and climate governance, offering guidance and perspectives to inform the upcoming negotiations and wider debates post-COP. 

A report, Towards Glasgow: the UKRI Research Fellows COP26 Contribution, outlines three key findings from each Fellow's projects and explores how their work will be invaluable in the weeks to come. Download the report using the link at the foot of the page.

Find out more about the Fellows on their profiles page.

News story: COP26 Fellows' work will inform Glasgow summit

Rebecca Ford

Jessica Omukuti 


Harriet Thew

  • Presentation: YES TO NET ZERO: Youth Education, Skills and Training to Operationalise Net Zero, University of Leeds. Watch recording here (passcode: xT+u1cgJ). 
  • Presentation: Strategies for net zero (for Climate Exp0, with Lucy Martin, EPSRC; Rebecca Ford, University of Strathclyde; Thomas Hale, University of Oxford; Jessica Omukuti, University of York) 
  • 18.02.21 - RYCA (Regional Youth Climate Assembly) workshop: gave presentation on “What is COP” and ran a workshop on “Climate Change Education and the UNFCCC’s Action for Climate Empowerment.
  • 17.04.21 - Ripple Effect workshop 1: co-organised workshop and gave a presentation on “What is COP and how can youth engage with it”
  • 24.04.21 - Ripple Effect workshop 2: co-organised workshop, supported and facilitated youth exchange between youth in UK and SA on climate change topics (water, agriculture and transport)
  • 14.04.21 - Facilitated the English Language break-out group in the UNFCCC’s first Expert Group meeting on Action for Climate Empowerment
  • 22.04.21 and 23.04.21 – Helped to coordinate the COP26 Student Ambassador Takeover of the University of Leeds’ Instagram
  • 02.07.21 – Presentation: “How can youth engage in climate action” at the University of Leeds’ Social Sciences Summer School
  • 10.07.21 – Ripple Effect workshop 3: co-organised workshop, presented on “The Science Bit - What the Social Sciences tell us about Climate Vulnerability and what this means for Youth Voices at COP26”.


Thomas Hale

  • Presentation: Strategies for net zero (for Climate Exp0, with Harriet Thew, University of Leeds; Lucy Martin, EPSRC; Rebecca Ford, University of Strathclyde; Jessica Omukuti, University of Strathclyde) 
  • Presentation: “Groundswell” to “All of Society”: How local governments, businesses, and civil society can contribute to the implementation of phase of the Paris Agreement, London School of Economics. Watch recording here (Passcode: hT1?Lmn#).


Stephen Whitfield

  • Presentation: A Just and Equitable Governance of Agricultural Transformation, Grantham Insitute's Summer Discussion Series, London School of Economics. Watch recording here (Passcode: ATxT^5Js).