An Evening seminar with Professor Tami Bond and Professor Jamie Bartram

  • Date:
  • Time: 15:30 – 17:30
  • Location: School of Geography SR2 (Garstang building room 8.11)
  • Speakers: Professor Tami Bond, University of Illinois
  • Professor Jamie Bartram of the University of North Carolina

water@leeds and the Centre for Global Development together with the Priestley International Centre for Climate are pleased to invite you to join us for an evening seminar to discuss “Energy Scenarios for the Bottom Billion” & “The role of science research in addressing the grand challenges”.

On Monday 29th April, 15:30-17:30, at School of Geography SR2 (Garstang building room 8.11)

The event will be followed by a refreshments reception at the foyer in the School of Geography. Please register here if you would like to join us

Speaker: Professor Tami Bond, University of Illinois

Energy Scenarios for the Bottom Billion

“Energy for use in households of low-income populations is a relatively small fraction of global energy use. However, the solid-fuel combustion providing that energy produces a large fraction of primary aerosol globally, and a high health burden, especially from indoor smoke. Energy transitions among these vulnerable populations are important for future air quality, health, and many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Do we know how those transitions will occur? Integrated assessment models tend to model population averages, while people in the “trailing tail” may have special vulnerability.

“I’ve been thinking about this topic during my six-month sojourn at Leeds. I’ll present three ideas and I hope that the audience brings discussion and debate. First, the trailing tail can make technology transitions appear slower than expected throughout a population, and may alter the dynamics of economic growth. Second, household energy services appear simple, but they are governed by household priorities and shifts, and these overall transitions rather than their physical manifestations deserve focus. Finally, introducing transition is itself a process that requires participation and engagement.

“All of these ideas suggest a more realistic and human-centred approach to visions of future change.” Tami Bond


Tami Bond is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois. Her research has followed a thread from combustion, to atmospheric chemistry and climate, to technology change and future scenarios, to the intimate relationship between technology and human choice. Her research group now spans considerations as small as a particle’s skin and as large as a national transportation system in the quest to characterize the dance between humans, “their stuff,” and the atmosphere and climate.

Professor Bond first earned two degrees in mechanical engineering, before succumbing to an interdisciplinary PhD, pursuing a NOAA Climate and Global Change post-doc, and eventually landing in a civil engineering department. She is the Nathan M. Newmark Distinguished Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a 2014 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.

Speaker: Professor Jamie Bartram

Using Science to Influence International Water Policy

Professor Jamie Bartram of the University of North Carolina

Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Director

Director – Water Institute at the University of North Carolina

Dr Bartram’s research interests focus on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health — especially the links between science, policy and practice, in both developing and developed countries. They include technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; emerging issues (including water scarcity and climate change) and their impacts on system sustainability; health system activities on water and sanitation; and sector capacity issues such as monitoring, the costs and impacts of interventions and effective regulation and financing