Emily Cox

Research Associate, CO2RE Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub


Emily Cox is a research associate at the University of Oxford in the Smith School, as part of the CO2RE Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub. Emily is also a researcher at Cardiff University, working on projects for the UK Energy Research Centre and the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Research.

Emily is an interdisciplinary social scientist in energy and climate. She is interested in all aspects of low-carbon transitions, but particularly risk, resilience, public attitudes and behaviours, and socio-technical systems. Her research at the Smith School focuses on public attitudes and perceptions of techniques for removing carbon and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Understanding public attitudes is crucial for the ethical and effective development of new technologies and innovations, and Emily’s work aims to enhance public participation and democracy in climate policy and practice. She is interested in many aspects of greenhouse gas removal, and has published papers on ethics, policies, governance and society, as well as land-based and ocean-based techniques.


Emily is affiliated with numerous research centres on energy and climate. She recently completed her first project as Principal Investigator, examining public perceptions of unconventional hydrocarbons. Before joining the faculty, Emily worked as a part-time lecturer in Psychology at Cardiff University, and taught courses on Climate Change and Energy Policy at the University of Sussex, where she also completed a PhD with the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). In addition, she has previously worked as a social science researcher at the Royal Academy of Engineering and the energy utility E.ON, and as a project manager for Greenpeace UK.