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Clare Downing

Centre Manager

University of Oxford

Clare is the Centre Manager for CREDS leading the programme management and knowledge exchange activities and team. She has technical expertise in climate change (mitigation and adaptation) particularly in developing evidence for policy and guidance to manufacturers on energy efficient technologies and behaviour change in the Textiles, Tannery and Food and Drink sectors.

She was previously an adaptation science specialist in UKCIP where she assessed the information needs and progress of climate change adaptation for EU Member States for the European Environment Agency. She also worked on climate change and social justice for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, assessed the state of adaptation activities in the West Balkans and provided expert advice, developed tools and undertook stakeholder engagement activities within the Defra programme.

She has over 15 years in commercial consultancy (previously a principal consultant at Ricardo/AEA) as a programme manager responsible for business development in the climate change area in the UK, Europe and Internationally. She also has expertise in resource efficiency, air pollution, communications, marketing and behaviour change.