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Charlotte Stead


I studied for my BA in Economics and German at Swansea University and have recently completed my MA in Transport Economics at Leeds University. Throughout my education I have been very fortunate to be exposed to many different areas including international trade, investment appraisal, translating, studying German literature, the role of regulation and environmental issues are just to name a few.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in three areas:

  • Transport- we use transport every day in our lives from going to work/school to having goods delivered to our houses. As most conventional vehicles are run on fossil fuels, this is a major concern and alternatives must be found, but at the right price which links in with my second area of interest.
  • Economics- I am an economist and have been studying it for many years and am always interested in how I can apply my skills and knowledge in different areas.
  • Developing countries- there were many international students in my department when I was studying for my MA and through talking to them about their countries, I became incredibly interested in the differences between nations.

Why I chose the CDT in Bioenergy

I always knew I wanted to pursue a PhD and the CDT in Bioenergy was suggested to me by one of my lecturers who taught me during my masters. An aspect which attracted me to the programme was that it is multidisciplinary with ability to have access multiple schools within the university. I would be able to carry on with what I was interested in as well as gaining knowledge in areas I would have not had access to otherwise. I became specifically interested in bioenergy through a couple of more environmental modules I took during my MA, this sparked an interest within in me about the ever increasing problem of resource use and security and how renewables are vital they are for the future.