Paul Gilbert

University of Manchester


Paul is a part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and a co-ordinator of its Water & Land research theme. Paul Gilbert is a lecturer in climate change, sustainability and project management within the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and contributes to undergraduate/postgraduate teaching on carbon management, sustainable waste management and project management.

Research Interests

  • Biomass and bioenergy.
  • International shipping
  • Energy and transport policy
  • Emission and carbon accounting
  • life cycle assessment
  • Carbon management
  • Circular economy, material efficiency

Paul joined the University of Manchester in 2009 as a Research Associate on the EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Consortium. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering on 'innovative biomass technologies' at the University of Sheffield - understanding the effects of tar reduction in biomass gasification.

Paul has previously worked under the EPSRC Supergen Bioenergy consortium exploring the environmental impacts associated with a range of bioenergy systems from heat and power to bio-chemical production. He has since expanded his research profile to international shipping. Using emission accounting approaches Paul investigated the scope for unilateral policies to reduce the UKs share of international shipping emissions and; explored radical step-change mitigation of shipping emissions. Taking a more investigator based role through his lectureship position, he recently completed a project examining the competitiveness of the UK chemical industry in response to reducing its carbon emissions. In 2013 Pauls research will continue on international low carbon shipping research (EPSRC: Shipping in changing climates) and will explore the feasibility of wide-scale deployment of photovoltaic cells in the UK (EPSRC: WISE-PV). Paul has published diverse interdisciplinary research through peer-reviewed articles, policy reports, responses to Government inquiries, opinion pieces and conference papers.

Selected Publications

Welfle, A., Gilbert, P., Thornley, P., Stephenson, A., "Generating low-carbon heat from biomass: Life cycle assessment of bioenergy scenarios" (2017) Journal of Cleaner Production, 149, pp. 448-460. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.035

Welfle, A., Gilbert, P., Thornley, E., & Stephenson, A. (2017). Generating Low-Carbon Heat from Biomass: Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy Scenarios. Journal of Cleaner Production. . Publication link: ea637dce-2670-45a9-b552-c9a29948571a

Jones, C., Gilbert, P., Raugei, M., Mander, S., & Leccisi, E. (2016). An Approach to Prospective Consequential Life Cycle Assessment and Net Energy Analysis of Distributed Electricity Generation. Energy Policy. . Publication link: 01ade7f1-0f35-425a-9ba9-8a630bd2608f

Gilbert, P., Walsh, C., & Hodgson, P. (2016). The role of material efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions during ship manufacture: a life cycle approach. Marine Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.04.003. Publication link: 8b76150b-9fa7-48c5-8da7-fe59d9b4055e

Sharmina, M., Hoolohan, C., Bows-Larkin, A., Burgess, P. J., Colwill, J., Gilbert, P,Anderson, K. (2016). A nexus perspective on competing land demands: Wider lessons from a UK policy case study. Environmental Science and Policy, 59, 74-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.02.008. Publication link: 99b16160-fd5e-4a87-b2d1-02ad3219c262

Welfle, A., Gilbert, P., & Thornley, E. (2015). Greenhouse Gas Performance of UK Biomass Resources for Heat Bioenergy Pathways: Report for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change. UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.. Publication link: f33f4544-5e3e-4a6e-85cb-92ef316411f6

Gilbert, P., Bows-Larkin, A., Mander, S., & Walsh, C. (2015). Technologies for the high seas: meeting the climate challenge. Carbon Management, 5(4), 447-461. DOI: 10.1080/17583004.2015.1013676. Publication link: 9029963e-6b56-47f1-a578-b9502d5501ad

Thornley, P., Gilbert, P., Shackley, S., & Hammond, J. (2015). Maximizing the greenhouse gas reductions from biomass: the role of life cycle assessment. Biomass & Bioenergy, 81, 35-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.05.002, 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.05.002. Publication link: 0c8a2e6d-a7d2-4d79-bc6d-5f58ec17eb94

Further publications:

Role at Council
Theme Co-ordinator: Water and Land.


Contact information


Phone: +44 (0)161 306 3845

Postal Address
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL United Kingdom

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