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Elaine Paterson

Elaine Paterson

Co-ordinator of the EPSRC project Managing Air in Green Inner Cities (MAGIC), Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,

Communications and Outreach Coordinator of the Department of Sociology,

University of Cambridge


Elaine’s interest in sustainability stems from her undergraduate degree in Geography, which led her to undertake an MSc in Sustainability (Climate Change), at the University of Leeds.  During her MSc, she focused her research on the socio-environmental impacts of climate change on agriculture in Suffolk, UK and Amani (Tanga Region), Tanzania.

She has previously worked for The Co-operative Group, contributing to the development of a green travel plan as part of the Group’s successful application for a BREEAM Outstanding new head office building. Elaine spent four years working for Syngenta UK as a Field Trialist and Marketing and Communications Specialist, passing her technical BASIS agriculture training in 2015. Furthermore, she has undertaken short commercial placements with AECOM (Asia) in Hong Kong and Yorkshire Water.

Elaine is currently working as the Project Coordinator of MAGIC, an EPSRC funded project being run in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Surrey and Imperial College London. The project aims to develop a facility consisting of an integrated suite of models and associated management and decision support tools that will allow the city design to use natural ventilation to become its own heating-ventilation and cooling system.


  • international development
  • climate change
  • sustainability
  • communications and marketing
  • project management