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Joe Simpson

2021 CAT Graduate

Joe began to study CAT’s Sustainability and Behaviour Change MSc in 2019 and graduated in 2021. A chemist by training, studying at CAT provided Joe with the opportunity to move from a background in environmental chemistry towards broader sustainability issues and social science.

“I chose CAT because it provided exactly what I needed to transition from STEM to social science research. Additionally, it seemed like an interdisciplinary and diverse environment. I applied for my role (at the Stockholm Environmental Institute) shortly after I completed my dissertation with CAT, and I can definitely say without my academic experiences at CAT I would have not been successful in attaining my current position. I developed many independent research skills through my studies at CAT that I now use directly in my current role.”

Currently working as a research assistant at the Stockholm Environmental Institute in York Joe’s role sits within the Sustainable Consumption and Production group which researches climate risk and the global commodity trade, particularly the food system. Through linking the environmental, social, and economic impacts of food production to the consumption activities that drive them the group provide useful contextualized data and information for governments, policymakers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry and the public.