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Ian Trim

PhD Researcher

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Areas of Expertise:
Global Risk and Resilience , Sustainability

Ian joined ARU in September 2021 as a PhD Researcher having previously worked in government and industry, developing climate change policy and helping companies with the transition to the low carbon economy. Ian is exploring how businesses account for natural capital and its associated risks and opportunities in their decision making.


Ian joined the GSI from a career working in government and industry on range of climate and low carbon related topics. He has a passion for exploring how businesses can better incorporate environmental externalities into their decision making and has over 20 years’ experience in developing and delivering low carbon and sustainability programs.

Most recently Ian worked in consulting where he helped a range of public sector and corporate clients to develop long-term scenarios that help them understand the risks and realise the opportunities from the transition to a low carbon economy. He has worked on a broad range of sustainability issues including, developing GHG inventories and associated tools; TCFD compliant climate risk and opportunity assessments; scenario and pathways analysis; and carbon pricing analysis and policy development.

Prior to working in consulting, Ian spent a decade in the UK Government. He headed up the UK Government’s Global Carbon Markets team acting as the UK’s lead negotiator on carbon markets at the Paris COP. He was part of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s working group developing the new market-based measure for aviation (CORSIA) and developed domestic policy focused on industrial and household energy efficiency. From 2011 to 2014, Ian worked for the FCO as the UK’s lead in Russia on climate and environment issues, running projects, and engaging Russian ministries and businesses on low carbon and energy efficiency issues.

Spoken Languages
  • French
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • English
  • MSc Environmental Technology from Imperial College London
  • Diplome de l’Ecole Multinationale des Affaires (Niveau II, Maitrise) from Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Bordeaux, France
  • BA (Hons) European Business Programme from University of Portsmouth