Jim Longhurst is Professor of Environmental Science, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET) at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. Jim is Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment and the UWE project manager for the Environmental Technology iNet.
Jim is a Chartered Scientist and maintains his primary academic research interest in air quality and carbon management where he continues to publish regularly in the peer-reviewed literature and to contribute to international conferences. Alongside Jim’s interest in air quality he has maintained his interest in sustainable development. He served as a member of the advisory board for the Natural Step UK for many years and in UWE he leads the Knowledge Exchange for Sustainability Education initiative, a cross university initiative to promote sustainable development awareness across the UWE curriculum. Jim plays a significant role in the university’s sustainability board and was one of the authors of UWE’s Sustainability Strategy. In his role as co-director of ISHE Jim provides cross-university leadership in research, knowledge exchange and programme development in sustainability, health and environment.
Jim is a member of the board of Low Carbon South West, a trade association and sector partnership between businesses, academia, investors, local authorities and regional and national agencies promoting the growth of the environmental technologies and services sector in the Bristol city region. He is a former member of the board of Sustainability South West and of Wessex Water’s Environment and Public Health Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Great Western Research Sustainability Panel and in 2008 was invited by the Great Western Research Strategy and Management Board to become the new chair of the panel.
He is a former member of the board of directors of Society for the Environment and board member of the Science Council. Jim took a leading role in promoting the formation of Society for the Environment and he was one of the first Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv) in the UK.
Jim joined the IES Council in 1998 because he wanted to make a difference to the governance of the environmental science profession, to meet with like minded professionals in order to debate topical issues and, finally, to advance the standing and contribution of the environmental disciplines in national discourse. He served as Chair of Council from 2002-2006. He was elected Vice President on his retirement as Chair. Jim retired from Council in 2016.