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  • Reader, University of Bristol

Jo House is a Reader in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Bristol. She is co-lead for Global Environmental Change at Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, and Director for the Climate Change Science and Policy Masters degree programme.

Jo specialises in land and climate interactions, including emissions of carbon dioxide from land use change (e.g. deforestation) and climate mitigation potential from the land (e.g. afforestation, bioenergy). She also specialises in climate policy, particularly relating to the land sector.

She is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who shared the Nobel Prize in 2007 along with Al Gore.  She has been an author in all three working groups of the IPCC (Science, Impacts and Mitigation), as well as for the IPCC Good Practice Guidance methods for greenhouse gas inventories. She was a convening lead author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and a lead author on the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils.

She was recently seconded for a year to the Government Office for Science as Head of Climate Advice, and regularly gives advice to the UK Government and other organisations.

Jo Graduated in Human Environmental Science at Kings College London, carrying out research for several years. Following this, she joined the Max Plank Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany, before returning to the UK to work at both Bristol and Exeter Universities.