Robin Styles profile
Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP).
Tell us about your work
I am a Research Coordinator in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. I provide a variety of support to the CIEMAP centre; I run the website and social media accounts, organise workshops and public events, make sure we are reporting our activities to the research councils, and try to bring everyone together for a good night out every once in a while.
What were your previous roles?
Before moving to University of Leeds I was an Exhibitions and Events Manager at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. I organised the opening nights of their exhibitions, as well as some big gala events such as the Summer Exhibition Preview Parties and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
What do you see as the key important area(s) that need to be focussed on to reduce energy demand and meet carbon emission reduction targets?
I believe that people in the UK are ready for a radical shift in the way that they use materials and products, and that it is the role of government to put the infrastructure in place to support this. We ultimately need to move away from a disposable society towards a society that values repair, recycling, and low-carbon lifestyles.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I once organised a show with the performance artist Eddie Peake which involved a game of naked 5-a-side football. Some images never quite leave you.
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