Aled is the inaugural Director of our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) and Professor of Sustainability. Since 2011 he has built the GSI from a good idea into an internationally recognised research group, with over 40 individuals. He is one of the acknowledged global leaders in public-private finance related to the green economy. His work in climate finance has been recognised by the State of California and he has received a key to the city of North Little Rock, USA.
In 2013, Anglia Ruskin University won the International Sustainable Campus Network Award for integrating sustainability. Our Sustainability Strategy saw ARU shortlisted as a finalist for an Edie Sustainability Leaders Award 2017 for Sustainable Business of the Year, and helped secure Responsible Futures accreditation from the NUS in 2016.
Aled was a member of the UK-US Taskforce on the Impact of Extreme Weather on US/UK Food Security and a President Bill Clinton Distinguished Lecturer. He chaired a working group on climate finance within the Capital Markets Climate Initiative (CMCI) on behalf of Greg Barker, the Minister for Climate Change in the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Aled has published numerous academic papers and was a guest editor of Sustainability. He is a Honorary Fellow of The Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (IfoA). He chairs the IfoA's Biodiversity & Natural Capital Working Party.
Previously, Aled was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, HRH Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and Director of the Chevening Economics of Climate Change Programme (for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was a founding member of the ClimateWise insurance principles.
Aled leads a number of research projects in climate finance, energy, biodiversity and behaviour, and resource management. His research particularly focuses on the finance sector and government and how they will respond to the impacts of global resource trends, biodiversity and climate change.
Areas of research supervision
Agent-based modelling for political risks
Systems dynamics modelling for economic and financial risk
Systemic finance risk for environment-food-water nexus
Conflict from resource competition in Kenya
India’s identity in climate change negotiations
Smart city development in Hungary
Transitions in energy systems in Nigeria
Assessing fracking in the UK
Innovation in the water sector
Clean technology sector development
Honorary Fellow Institute and Faculty of Actuaries