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Theresa Sowa Nelson

Project Researcher

University of Leeds

Theresa is the Transport and Energy Project Officer for the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Her role includes communicating research findings to stakeholders, collaborating with academics to design and deliver online and in-person engagement events, managing project budgets and milestones, preparing progress reports related to impact and EDI, and providing administrative and logistical support to CREDS.

She completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, Her research sought to understand the energy flows accompanying agricultural actors in the past, using the case study of Neolithic Çatalhöyük. She analysed the energetic dependencies of agriculture, its processes, and population growth during this archaeological context. More broadly, her research centered on utilising archaeological tools, data, and methodologies to help us better understand how processes of energy extraction flow and function and how they can potentially lock us into unsustainable trajectories in the past.

Theresa has experience in sustainability work, as she played a leading role in The University of Sheffield’s Sustainability Audit and was the University of Sheffield’s 2019 Sustainability Consultation Coordinator.

Transport & Mobility

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